Buddha

DATE:
15th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Bronze
CLASSIFICATION:
Sculpture
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 35 3/4 x 28 1/2 x 16 in. (90.81 x 72.39 x 40.64 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of Asia
LOCATION:
305 BUDDHIST GALLERY
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of David T. Owsley via the Alvin and Lucy Owsley Foundation
COPYRIGHT:
This work is in the public domain. Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art.
OBJECT NUMBER:
1998.65

General Description

Royal courts in Thailand adopted Indian religions and art styles from an early period. An early form of Buddhism, called Theravada, which was close to the original teachings of the Buddha, was very popular and is the chief religion in Thailand today. This image of the Buddha seated in mediation is based on a type of Buddhist art originating in Bodhgaya, where the Buddha achieved enlightenment. He suppresses Mara, the demon of ignorance, by calling the earth to witness his enlightenment. The calm, pure figure of the Buddha is dressed in simple monk's robes, signifying his renouncement of worldly attachments.

Adapted from

"Seated Buddha subduing Mara," in_ Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection,_ ed. Bonnie Pitman (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art; New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2012), 104.