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Bronze - Nineteenth century

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Religious statue from Thailand or India

This religious statue is thought to be from Thailand or India. It is made of cast bronze, and depicts a deity sitting cross-legged on a raised platform. It was given to the Museum by William Isaac Palmer (1824-1893) of the Palmer family, one of the partners in Huntley & Palmers, Reading's biscuit manufacturers.

Thailand's most popular religion is Theravada Buddhism, while India's largest is Hinduism. This statue may therefore represent either Buddha or one of Hinduism's deities such as Vishnu or Shiva. It was probably used in the home as part of a small shrine.

Museum object number REDMG : 1945.102.1

height 12 inches, width 4.5 inches

See related topic: World Collection: Belief