- 15th century
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Overall: 35 3/4 x 28 1/2 x 16 in. (90.81 x 72.39 x 40.64 cm)
- Arts of Asia
- 305 BUDDHIST GALLERY
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, gift of David T. Owsley via the Alvin and Lucy Owsley Foundation
- Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
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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.
"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.