Southeast Asia, Thailand, ca. 18th to 19th century CE. An exquisite and quite sizeable brass rendering of Phra Phrom, also known as the Mahabrahma, and outside of Thailand as the Four-Faced God or the Four-Faced Buddha. The figure sits in half lotus position upon an elaborately decorated pedestal upon an integral red base, with four faces, each oriented toward one of the cardinal directions, as well as eight arms, with various attributes held in the hands. The four faces each represent a different aspect of the deity, and worshippers believe that each side offers a different blessing. Worshippers will traditionally place offerings of jasmine flowers, candles, incense, and/or fresh coconut milk mixed with water before the visages of each head of Phra Phrom. The surface is painted with a beautiful glimmering hue, making for a stunning presentation. Size: 9.2" L x 9" W x 17" H (23.4 cm x 22.9 cm x 43.2 cm)
Provenance: ex-Ashland University Museum, Ashland, Ohio, USA
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Losses to attributes in hands. Chips and nicks to high pointed areas. Flaking and fading of pigments. Nice signs of age and good preservation of details. Earthen encrustations nearly fill the interior.