Thai Buddha Images : Gestures and Postures of the Buddha. Buddha images of different historic periods in Thailand.

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Introduction to Buddhism in Thailand

The 10 Jatakas (lives of the Buddha) as depicted in Thai mural Temple paintings

 

Buddha Images in the Khmer or Lopburi style


Lopburi art goes back to the 11-13th century A.D. Lopburi was a provincial capital during the Khmer empire. At times it experiences periods of independence, but its art form and Buddha images display Khmer influence.
Buddha images often display a cranial protuberance in the form of three tiered lotus petals. A hair band is featured, and the hair of the Buddha can be straight like human hair. The head is often decorated with a diadem of face frame. Thick lips, a smiling face, prominent earlobes are featured.
A robe is draped diagonally with a straight edged mantle over the left shoulder, extending to the navel. Often the Buddha image is displayed on a lotus petal base. Seated Naga protected Buddha images in the meditation posture are common. Sometimes the Naga protected Buddha appears with Royal ornaments, and has a more stern facial expression.

 

Standing Buddha Lopburi style
Buddha, wearing the attributes of Royalty, in the Khmer style of the Lopburi period.
With the gesture (see right hand) of preaching. Cast and enlarged from an old model.
Image present in the cloister of the Ubosoth at Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok.

 

Standing Buddha Lopburi style

Standing Buddha image, with the gesture of forbidding the relatives from fighting.
In the style of the Lopburi period.
Found in Phetchaburi province.
Image present in the cloister of the Ubosoth at Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok.

 

Sitting in Meditation, Khmer style, Buddha image with Naga

National Museum Prachinburi
Naga protected Buddha image. Notice the cranial protuberance in the form of three tiered lotus petals.

 

Subduing Mara, Khmer style, Wat Benchamabophit
Sitting Buddha with the gesture of Subduing Mara.
In the Khmer style.
Found at Wat Si Chin, Thonburi.
Image present in the cloister of the Ubosoth at Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok.

 

Lopburi style Buddha Image
Standing Buddha image, with the gesture of Forbidding the Relatives from Fighting.
In the style of the Lopburi period.
Cast and enlarged from an ancient model.
Image present in the cloister of the Ubosoth at Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok.

 

Standing Buddha, Forbidding the Relatives from Fighting

Standing Buddha image, with the gesture of Forbidding the Relatives from Fighting.
In the style of the Lopburi period.
Cast and enlarged from an ancient model.
Image present in the cloister of the Ubosoth at Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok.

 

Standing Buddha, Calming the Ocean

Standing Buddha, with the gesture of Calming the Ocean.
In the style of the Lopburi period.
Cast and enlarged from an ancient model.
Image present in the cloister of the Ubosoth at Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok.

 

Standing Buddha, Lopburi style, Caliming the Ocean

Standing Buddha image, with the gesture of Calming the Ocean.
In the style of the Lopburi period.
Cast and enlarged from an ancient model.
Image present in the cloister of the Ubosoth at Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok.

 

Standing Buddha image, with the gesture of Calming the Ocean.
In the style of the Lopburi period.
Cast and enlarged from an ancient model.
Image present in the cloister of the Ubosoth at Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok.

 

Standing Buddha Image, Calming the Ocean

Standing Buddha image, with the gesture of Calming the Ocean.
In the Khmer style of the Lopburi period.
Cast and enlarged from an ancient model.
Image present in the cloister of the Ubosoth at Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok.

 

Standing Buddha Image, Royal Attire, Lopburi Style

Standing Buddha image, with the gesture of Forbidding the Relatives from Fighting.
Wearing the attributes of Royalty.
In the style of the Lopburi period.
From Wat Tewarat, Bangkok.
Image present in the courtyard behind the Ubosoth at Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok.

 

 

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