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A rare and impressive primative Buddha from central Laos .Wood and black lacquer ,retaining traces of original gilding and later paint . The eyes highlighted with mirrors are a later addition At the base of the elongated neck , there is evedence that the neck has been broken of some point , Perhaps it was at this point that the image was first painted.Late 18th / early 19th CSomkiart Lopetcharat sums up the charm of wooden "folk art " buddha images perfectly in his book LAO BUDDHA ."The images have a special charm owing to the very basic techniques used to make them. Their rough and unpretentious look impresses viewers differently, creating a mood contrary to the way people feel when they look at exquisite and refined icons cast by skilled craftsmen working within and identifying national and tradtional styles. It is a commonplace beauty created to serve the needs of the social majority not those of the elite.Above all, folk art is a pure and specific art with an innocence rarely found in refined and sophisticated Buddha images. They were created from the heart of the people who produced them and radiate with this purpose ."69 cm tall.
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