A carved standing ivory figure of Kuman Thong

18th century, Thailand or Burma

Height: 18.5 cm, 7 1/4 inches

The naked chubby child is carved from a single piece of solid ivory. He stands fore square looking ahead on a simple wooden base. His legs are straight and placed slightly apart, both arms are pointing down with long extended fingers, the overall effect creating a silhouette similar to standing Jain figures. The head is adorned with a topknot; the boy’s round face with arched brows and almond shaped eyes, flat nose, thick full lips held in a half smile, and elongated earlobes, all finely outlined with incised lines.

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