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Figure

Figure

  • Place of origin:

    Thailand (made)

  • Date:

    Late 7th century-8th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold repousse

  • Museum number:

    IS.27-1987

  • Gallery location:

    South-East Asia, Room 47a, case 1

Gandraprabha or Chandraprabha Lokesvara is a form of the supreme Buddhist saviour, the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. In this rare form he is shown as a personification of the moon or Chandra, whose symbol of the hare is shown in his nimbus. The style of the figure, with distinctive square shoulders and narrow waist, relates closely to stone sculptures at the Dvaravati period site of Si T'ep, in Petchaburi Province.

Physical description

Candra Lokesvara is a form of the supreme Buddhist saviour, the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. In this form he is seen as a planet god, the personification of the moon. The hare in the deity's nimbus (the moon) is referred to in the Buddhist letrature, but is rarely represented iconographically. The style of the figure is distinctive: square shoulders, a slender waist and narrow hips, set in a gently flexed posture. Both hands are raised, one in the gesture of exposition (vitarkamudra), the other obscured by damage. This style relates most closely to stone sculptures of the Dvaravati site of Si T'ep, in Petchabun Province.

Place of Origin

Thailand (made)

Date

Late 7th century-8th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold repousse

Dimensions

Height: 10 cm, Width: 4.5 cm

Object history note

Bought from Spink & Son. Probably found in Si Thep, Petchabun province.

Descriptive line

Candra Lokesvara, personification of the moon, Gold repousse, Si T'ep style, late 7th-8th century,Thailand

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

pp.243-44, cat. no. 149, ill.
Lost Kingdoms : Hindu-Buddhist sculpture of early Southeast Asia / John Guy ; with essays by Pierre Baptiste, Lawrence Becker, Bérénice Bellina, Robert L. Brown, Federico Carò, Pattaratorn Chirapravati, Janet G. Douglas, Arlo Griffiths, Agustijanto Indradjaya, Le Thi Lien, Pierre-Yves Manguin, Stephen A. Murphy, Ariel O'Connor, Peter Skilling, Janice Stargardt, Donna Strahan, U Thein Lwin, Geoff Wade, U Win Kyaing, Hiram Woodward, and Thierry Zéphir. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Costume Institute), c2014 Number: 9781588395245 (MMA), 1588395243 (MMA), 9780300204377 (Yale), 030020437X (Yale), 9786167339481, 6167339481

Production Note

Thailand

Subjects depicted

Buddhist

Categories

Buddhism; Religion

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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