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A Disciple of Buddha
CM 524-2516
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is the only statue of the Hariphunchai style that is beautiful by its size, its intensity of devotion, the quality of the sculpture and the fact that it is one of a pair. Many Hariphunchai-style figures have moustaches.

History of the Object
The object is from a Hariphunchai temple. Hariphunchai was the first important city in what is now Lamphun Province, in the North of Thailand. It is not known when the statue was removed from the temple.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
terracotta 
Measurements
Width 39 cm. Height 52 cm.  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Thailand; Hariphunchai, near present day Lamphun, North of Thailand 
Geography
Thailand 
Time period
AD 12th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
12th Century-13th Century 
Function
The back of the statue is flat and was made so that it could be attached to a wall. One can see that the figure represents a disciple because it does not have a halo on the top of its head, as is the case with the images of Buddha. The disciples were "normal" human beings who practised the teachings of the Buddha. 
Acquisition
The museum acquired this object from Mr. Krisi Nimanhemin, a Professor of History of the Lanna Kingdom. He was also a great collector. He donated this statue to the Museum in 1973 on the occasion of the opening of the museum. See also CM 406-2516 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Kingdom of Thailand 
Museum
Chiang Mai National Museum 
Credit line
 

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