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Tiered stand for Buddha images, with a depiction of a crowned and bejeweled Buddha
Place of Origin: Thailand
Date: 1850-1900
Object Name: Furniture
Materials: Lacquered and gilded wood, mirrored glass, pigments
Dimensions: H. 53 1/2 in x W. 21 1/2 in x D. 15 3/4 in, H. 135.9 cm x W. 54.6 cm x D. 40.0 cm
Credit Line: Gift from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Southeast Asian Art Collection
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Decorative Arts
Object Number: 2006.27.19
On Display: No

Description

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Tiered stands for Buddha images such as this were often donated to temples. By the latter part of the 1800s, however, the elite had begun to collect antique objects. Buddha images were housed in a "Buddha room" and placed on such a tiered stand together with incense, candles, and flowers. The largest Buddha image would be placed in the center on the top tier.

The central panel of this stand is decorated with a standing crowned and bejeweled Buddha (see a sculptured version, 2006.27.4).

The side panels show depictions of combat between the legendary hero Rama and his adversary, the demon king Ravana. It might seem unexpected for a stand for Buddhist religious use to be adorned with scenes from the Rama epic, but in fact the combination was common.

Pairs of animals such as the rabbits seen on the side panels were commonly included in compositions. Sometimes the animals imitated human activities, while other times they engaged in their own behaviors.


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Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Label:

Tiered stands for Buddha images such as this were often donated to temples. By the latter part of the 1800s, however, the elite had begun to collect antique objects. Buddha images were housed in a "Buddha room" and placed on such a tiered stand together with incense, candles, and flowers. The largest Buddha image would be placed in the center on the top tier.

The central panel of this stand is decorated with a standing crowned and bejeweled Buddha (see a sculptured version, 2006.27.4).

The side panels show depictions of combat between the legendary hero Rama and his adversary, the demon king Ravana. It might seem unexpected for a stand for Buddhist religious use to be adorned with scenes from the Rama epic, but in fact the combination was common.

Pairs of animals such as the rabbits seen on the side panels were commonly included in compositions. Sometimes the animals imitated human activities, while other times they engaged in their own behaviors.


Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010