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Buddha Image Phra Bouad
2271
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Buddha images and Buddhist monks are representations of the original Lord Buddha. Each of the images presented here is a portrait of a novice monk, accounting for the diversity of expression and their youthful, almost childlike, aspect. Because they are portraits, each seems to have a spirit of its own. This reinforces local belief that Buddha images are living, powerful entities. Traditionally, young men were first ordained as novices at 12 to 13 years of age, as a rite of passage from childhood to adolescence. While residing in the temple, they were instructed in and imbued with the moral values that lie at the foundation of Lanna culture. Upon rejoining society, they carried into the community those values, their commitment memorialized by their portraits: the images that remained in the temple.

History of the Object
Each of these Buddha images celebrate the ordination of a young man of Lanna into the Buddhist monkhood. The Lanna Kingdom was founded in the 13th century. Its strength rested upontrading networks developed between areas of southern China, northern Laos,northern Burma and northern Thailand. It was annexed by Siam in 1892.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Wood, lacquer, gold leaf 
Measurements
4 images (#2271,2273,2280,2281) approximately same size. 
Creator name
Lanna 
Creator date
19th century AD 
Where it was made
Thailand; Lanna 
Geography
Thailand 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
Religious Icon. Commissioned by family and patrons to celebrate the ordination of a young man. 
Acquisition
The collection was created in the 1980s. At that time, many artifacts moved out of northern Thailand. The Mae Fah Luang Foundation, wishing to make it possible for northern people to continue a relationship with their material heritage, collected different types of artifacts. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
Mae Fah Luang Foundation 
Museum
Rai Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park 
Credit line
Mae Fah Luang Foundation 

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