18TH C. BRONZE LAOTIAN BUDDHA
On the most recent trip to Asia, I was fortunate to find a number of excellent Laotian buddhas, of which this is one example. It is more of a folk style, with a regal face, nice proprotions, and an even brown patina with some remains of gilding. It stands 13.5 inches high with the base. There is a slight loss to the right ear which looks to me like a casting flaw. The original base was taken off and melted down which is very common in these Laotian statues. The metal was recycled into other statues. It is fitted into a custom wooden base. I really like all the Laotian buddhas I got that trip, but just can't keep them all. This is one of the more flowing, regal ones.