Metal Buddhist Votive Plaque / Sukhothai Style
AGE: – Unknown writing on the back may indicate age
CONSTRUCTION: – Bronze, brass frame gilded
HEIGHT: – Shrine: 40cm – Bronze Plaque: 31cm
WIDTH:– Shrine: 20.5cm – Bronze Plaque: 10cm
DEPTH: – Shrine: 9cm
WEIGHT:– 2.1 Kg.
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Metal Buddhist Votive Plaque / Sukhothai Style depicting the image of a walking Buddha with his left hand in abhaya mudra, the gesture of fearlessness, safety and reassurance with long smooth limbs, flowing robes and broad shoulders cast in relief from a metal alloy, likely tin and lead. The metal plaque is mounted into a decorative gilded metal frame resembling the entrances and roof lines of many Thai temples. The image is surrounded by a decorative arch supported by columns decorated with flowers and vases with a two-tiered parasol above.
These votive plaques are considered to be examples of the distinctive Sukhothai style of art, which was influenced by Sri Lankan, Indian, and Khmer traditions and reflects the artistic and religious influences of the Sukhothai kingdom, which was founded in 1238 and lasted until 1438.
The Sukhothai kingdom was known for its cultural achievements and its promotion of Theravada Buddhism. The Buddha image is characterized by its elegance, grace, and refinement, as well as its fine details and naturalistic proportions. The plaque also expresses the ideal qualities of the Buddha, such as wisdom, compassion, and enlightenment.
The plaques are usually rectangular or window-shaped, with ornamental borders and backgrounds. Some of the plaques have traces of gilding or silvering, which enhance their appearance and value. The metal Sukhothai votive plaques are rare and highly sought-after by collectors and museums, as they reflect the cultural and religious history of Thailand.
A picture of a similar plaque or tablet can be seen in the book “Siamese Votive Tablets” written by G. Goedes and translated into English by W. A. Graham.
Mr. Goedes was a 20th-century French scholar of Southeast Asian archaeology and history specializing in the history of the Khmer Empire. The walking Buddha image is discussed in the text on page 22, and Plate XIII shows a picture similar to this plaque. In this book G. Coedes describes the Buddha in this pose as that of the walking Buddha, popularly supposed to safeguard buildings against fire.
The script on the back for those who can read this script may render more information about this Buddhist votive plaque. A plaque such as this would more than likely have been placed on an altar in a home or temple – acquired in Singapore in 1973.