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Title

Head of Buddha


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This Buddha head displays the characteristics of the Mandalay style. This type emerged in Myanmar in the second half of the nineteenth century, and continues to be used with only minor variations today. The main elements are a large, rounded 'ushnisha' (cranial bump representing wisdom), a broad band separating the face from the hair, a wide mouth (although the lips here are thinner than on other Mandalay style images), slightly arched eyebrows that connect with the wide nose. The ends of the elongated ears, a result of the heavy earrings worn during his life as a prince, are broken. They would have once had rounded ends that rested on the Buddha’s shoulders. The narrow, downward-gazing eyes are also typical of Mandalay period Buddha images and demonstrate the Buddha’s contemplative state of mind.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, October 2011.


Details


Place where the work was made

Myanmar


Date

1850-1900


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

sandstone with plaster and pigments


Dimensions

30.0 x 18.0 x 16.0 cm


Credit

Edward and Goldie Sternberg Southeast Asian Art Fund 2007


Accession number

206.2007



Place

Where the work was made
Myanmar

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history