Golden Buddha Hand, Wat Si Chum, Sukhothai, Thailand
The ancient spiritual capital of Thailand, Sukhothai has many Buddha statues and chedis (stupas) in a beautiful park-like setting.
Wat Si Chum [ the temple of the bodhi tree ] is a 13th Century temple. The buddha image is covered in stucco and is seated inside a square brick Mandala building with a tapering wall structure which opens in the center of the top. The roof has disintegrated, exposing the enormous seated Buddha over 11 metres in width called Phra Achana.
8" x 12"
Photograph by Deborah Bowman, Ph.D.