Phra Mai Isaan Folkart Buddha 19th century

Large Phra Mai Isaan Folk art Buddha. Northeast Thailand.

19th century. 46 cm high.

“Phra Mai” are Buddha statues found in Isaan region. These were once commonly created to serve spiritual need in Isaan society. They also reflect lifestyle, tradition, and Buddhist wisdom, all of which are unique Isaan culture. The tradition of sculpting Buddha statues spread to many regions over many centuries. Isaan region also received this tradition from neighboring regions. “Phra Mai”, which are a blend of religious faith and local craftmanship.