style emphasises the Buddha’s spiritual aspects
while the little anatomical details are omitted. The
usual practice that casts the images in metal
instead of carving them can be met in this period
when the ‘walking Buddha’ pose was also introduced.
In the old Pali texts the Buddha’s defining marks
are set out and the artists of the Sukhothai period
tried to respect them.
skins is very smooth, the head is like an egg, the
nose looking like a beak of a parrot, the thighs
looking like the banyan tree, the hair looking like
the scorpion stingers.
The eyelashes look like the
ones of the cow, the arms are round like the trunk
of an elephant and long till knees.
The earlobes are
lengthened by royalty’s earrings, chin looking like
a mango stone, the hands looking like some lotuses
on the point of blooming and the shoulders being
huge like the head of an elephant.