An image of Head of Buddha

Unknown Artist

Head of Buddha

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

This exceptionally large head, once glowing with a coating of gold lacquer, belonged to a figure at least 15 metres high. This piece dates stylistically to the Ayuthaya period, when Buddha images drew on the Sukhothai heritage but exaggerated features to create a face distinguished by its oval shape, arched eyebrows and pointed nose. Other features of the Ayuthaya style are the small hair curls and the clear band separating the forehead from the head.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.325.

Place of origin
Ayutthaya, Thailand
Period
Thailand: Ayutthaya period 1350–1767
Year
14th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
sandstone with traces of lacquer
Dimensions
60.4 x 44.0 x 40.5 cm object; 83.0 x 44.0 x 40.5 cm object with stand
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Mr F. Storch 2000
Accession number
136.2000