Quite obvious that this bronze piece has its eyes made of valuable precious stone. The culprit must be desperate and used a very blunt tool to gouge it out. The plunder either sold it as an ornament or for magical power. When men are hungry (or greedy for that matter), a sculpted deity meant nothing but a piece of material. Other than the eye, the other face features still look fine. Hoe Phra Keo in Vientiane, Laos.
Thank you Jimmy Kang for uploading your photographs and enlightening us with your succinct and witty comments.
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Photo taken in Vientiane, Laos
Misplaced? Suggest new location