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Standing figure of a crowned Brahma with four arms and four faces wearing a Khmer-style sampot (skirt-cloth). Brahma is holding a conch shell in his upper right hand and a libation jar in his upper left. The lower two hands once held other attributes, which are now missing. He wears bracelets, armlets and a necklace, which are not elaborately depicted but are gilded. His sampot has a fish-tail shape in the front and back. Only the belt and the central sections in the front and back are gilded. The crown is composed of three concentric layers and a finial, with broad headbands across the forehead surmounted by a central boss. The long sides of the headdress that dangle nearly to the shoulder conclude in lotus bud shapes. Made of cast bronze with some lacquer and gilding.
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Height: 35.40 centimetres (approximately)
- Curator's comments
- Brahmanic deities are invoked in Thai rituals which derive from Hindu origins. Most prominent among these rituals are those involving the royal court which are still practiced today. Brahmanic deities are also subsumed in Buddhist belief and practice as supporters of the Buddha.
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- Crack in the metal across the upper back and around the sides. Feet are missing, and the legs are chipped and cracked. The gilding is worn. Lost the attributes of the lower hands. Facial features are worn.
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- Acquisition notes
- Purchased through GR Harding at the sale of Cardu's Siamese collection at Foster's on the 5th of April 1895.
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