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An image of Head of Buddha by
Alternate image of Head of Buddha by

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Head of Buddha
Place of origin
Ayutthaya period 1350 - 1767 → Thailand
14th century
Media category
Materials used
sandstone with traces of lacquer

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.
Gift of Mr F. Storch 2000
Accession number
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.

Bibliography (2)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 325 (colour illus.).

Jill Sykes, Look, 'Frederick Storch 1927-2003', pg. 12, Newtown, Feb 2004, 12 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015