Thai & Mon Sculpture


An seated Buddha in vajrasana attitude and bhumisparsa mudra, clad in monastic robe with overlapping sanghati; 16th century; Ayuthia period; 4.75 inches (12.1 cm) high.



A rare figure of an infant boy (probably 'Kuman Thong' or Golden Boy,an animistic child spirit); superb rendition to facial, body, hand, feet and genitals; losses to four toes on right foot and one on left; age cracks with good patina; 18th century, Bangkok period; Siam. 8 inches (20.3 cm) high.



An extremely rare and fine walking Buddha with left hand in abhaya mudra (to dispel fear) and right arm pendant alongside the body; clad in a tightly-fitted antaravaska with fluttery uttarasanga(monastic robe); delicately-cast with crisp features and details ; traces of lacquer and gilding with attractive patination; inlaid eyes in mother-of -pearl and stone; mounted on teak base;  bronze; 15th century, Sukothai period. 7.5 inches (19.1 cm) high.

A sculpture of the Lord Buddha standing on a waisted square pedestal with both hands in abhaya mudra (to restrain the waters); traces of red, black lacquer with gilded floral-motifs; inlaid mother-of- pearl and stone eyes; 16th century, Ayuthia period; wood sculptures from this period are extremely rare, especially of this size and condition; the usnisa is, however, an earlier replacement of the original. 76.5 inches (194.3 cm) high.


Fertility spirit of a young boy in fetal position known as ‘kuman thong’;  wood with traces of lacquer and gilding; 17th century, Ayuthia period. 18 inches (45.7 cm) high.

A rare and fine limestone Mon Buddha, standing with gesture of vitarka mudra (discussion);  clad in a thin long uttarasanga(monastic robe) and antaravasaka (trunk wrap or undergarment) with fine detailed pleats and folds; a full round face with serene facial expression with youthful princely body;  losses to both feet and extremeties;  limestone;  7th/8th century;  Dvaravati School.  20 inches (50.8 cm) high.
Provenance:  estate of Karl Springer (1929-1992).

A rare and fine sandstone Buddha head, wearing 'krabang na' headdress above his forehead with dense hair curls and elongated ears, all framing the benign facial expression with a spiritual smile; sandstone with traces of lacquer and gilding; 12th century, Lopburi school.  11.5 inches (29.2 cm) high.

Provenance: property from a European estate. 11.5 inches (29.2 cm) high.



A rare and fine seated Buddha in the attitude of subduing Mara, with uttarasangha over his left shoulder, cast in delicate beaded border, lotus-form finial with fine facial expression; one replacement tendon and conservation at lower left knee; attractive cuprite and malachite patination; 7.5 inches (19.1 cm) high; bronze; Lopburi school; 12th century; Peninsular Siam.

Provenance: a private collection from Switzerland.


 A rare Buddha head with fine facial expression, mother-of-pearl and stone eyes under a sweeping arch-shaped eyebrows, chiseled nose and delicate lips with elegant,elongated ears and dense haircurls; bronze; 15th/16th century,Chiang Saen school, Northern Siam. 15 inches (38.1 cm) high.

A rare and fine bronze head of the Buddha;  in a typical U-thong B style with square face with a slight hint of smile, enhanced by outlined lips and a full chin;  downcast meditative eyes under arched eyebrows in relief;  neatly-arranged rows of haircurls surmounted by domed usnisa ornamented with flaming jewel;  elegant, curled ears and aquiline nose convey the royal elegance to  the sculpture;  U-thong style;14th century, Ayuthia period; bronze with traces of lacquer and gilding. 18.5 inches (47 cm) high.

A rare bronze Buddha in 'Prang Saaiyaat' (reclining attitude), resting on a rectangular throne with edges decorated with lotus petals above cutout floral and foliate motifs; excellent casting details to face and manastic robe with traces of lacquer and orginal gilding under later gilding; U-thong school; 16th/17th century, Ayuthia period. 25.5 inches (64.8 cm) long.


A gilt black lacquered wood manuscript chest with scene from the Ramakien(Ramayana) Epic, Vishnu on Garuda, Thepanom, khanok flame, floral and foliate motifs; 18th century, early Bangkok period; Siam. 53.63 inches (136.2 cm) high;  34.5 inches (87.6 cm) wide;  30 inches (11.8 cm) deep.

Last updated 06/25/2003  Zhou Yi