Hand

Artist/maker unknown, Thai

Geography:
Made in Thailand, Asia

Period:
Sukhothai Period (13th-15th century)

Date:
14th century

Medium:
Bronze

Dimensions:
20 x 4 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches (50.8 x 11.4 x 32.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1994-148-771

Credit Line:
Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994

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Label:
This hand, together with its companion, were probably part of a larger sculpture of a Buddha. Together they form the earth-touching gesture (blumisparshamudra). According to Buddhist doctrine, through this gesture The Buddha calls the earth goddess to affirm that he is entitled to attain enlightenment following his triumph over Mara, the destroyer.