Sculpture of Female Attendants [Object of the Day- #75]

October 2, 2012

Sculpture from Northern Thailand
19th Century sculptures from Northern Thailand

These two statues are from Northern Thailand (19th Century). The one of the right, kneeling with her hands folded in front of her chest, represents a female attendant to the Buddha. To her left is a male attendant. He sits with one hand on his knee and the other holding a staff. Both pieces are made of wood and have been painted and inlayed with glass accents. The absence of gold leaf on the wood suggests that these statues are of tribal origin, possibly Shan.

Penn Museum Object #2005-10-13

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