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Crowned Buddha Image
CM 328-2516
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is an excellent example of Lanna style but it is highly influenced by the Ayutthaya style. This was the first Crowned Buddha Image known in Lanna. It looks very much like the Ayutthaya style. We know, however, that it is Lanna, because of the base, which is uniquely Lanna. Such bases were never found in Ayutthaya.

History of the Object
The statue belonged to King Rama V. It is unknown how he acquired it. He kept it in his palace and donated it to the National Museum in Bangkok.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Width 15.5 cm. Height 56 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Thailand; Lanna Kingdom, North of Thailand 
Geography
Thailand 
Time period
AD 16th century ~ AD 16th century 
Creation date
16th Century 
Function
Worship and decoration in a temple. This Buddha image wears a costume and ornaments of a King. This refers to Siddharta, who was a Prince before becoming Buddha. The Buddha is dressed like a King to teach those who did not believe him. He showed that he certainly had the power to be like a king. This scene was very popular during the Ayutthaya Period (15th-18th Century). 
Acquisition
The statue was transferred from the National Museum in Bangkok to the Chiang Mai Museum in 1973 on the occasion of the museum's opening. See also: CM 345-2516; 1-2516, 96-2516 and 2-2516 
Copyright
 
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Owner
The Kingdom of Thailand 
Museum
Chiang Mai National Museum 
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