Thai Rain Goddess
Rain is of central importance to the Thai people as their agriculturally based economy relies upon good rainfall for plentiful harvest and continuing prosperity. Rain deities therefore have developed as an important part of local traditions and beliefs.
Beautiful statues such as this example would inhabit Buddhist shrines where people would go to pray and leave offerings in the hope of a generous rainfall and a bountiful harvest.
This particular deity seems to have had the gold leaf on the tip of her nose worn off, exposing the red wood underneath. This perhaps suggests a local tradition of touching the nose for good luck.