The style of Buddhas of this type is often classified as Lop Buri, after the name of a city in Thailand that was a viceregal Khmer city in the 11th and 12th centuries. Lop Buri also appears to have been an important center for the production of stone and bronze images of the Buddha. Bejeweled Buddhas of this type are found in the decoration of Phimai, a temple dedicated to Esoteric Buddhism constructed at the beginning of the 12th century in the southeast part of central Thailand. Image types developed for this site were influential in Thai and Cambodian art during the late 12th and early 13th centuries. The crown and other jewelry in these 12th-century examples may refer to the reign of Jayavarman VII (1181-c. 1218), a Khmer monarch who ruled as a buddha-king rather than a Hindu god-king and thus dedicated his monuments to Buddhist rather than to Hindu divinities. It may also illustrate a belief in the transcendence--rather than the historicity--of the Buddha, which is typical of Esoterism, the branch of Buddhist thought favored by Jayavarman VII.