This article presents in detail a study of a particular type of Buddha image, those seated in bhadrāsana, that is the posture with both legs extended and the feet firmly planted on the ground or on a lotus pedestal. There are few of these seated Buddha images left from the first millennium CE compared to the large corpus of Buddhas seated crossed-legged or standing images. However, this iconography is often found – albeit not only – in central Thailand during the commonly labelled “art or period of Dvāravatī” (ca 7th-8th c.), one of Thailand’s oldest religious and artistic cultures.
(Published in Rian Thai: International Journal of Thai Studies, Volume 5/2012, Page 91-152)
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