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Title

Buddha head and upper torso

8th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Mon/Dvaravati terracottas were made on a limited scale owing to the technical difficulties of production. The face is broad with a wide nose, elongated ears and fleshy lips. The head, which was once surrounded by a halo, is covered in heavy stylised curls with the 'ushnisha' appearing as a hemispherical dome on the top of the head. Such terracottas have been found in a standing pose or in a European style seated posture - with legs hanging down, often with hands held in 'vitarka mudra', the gesture of teaching. The most extensive remains of these terracottas have been found at sites at Ku Bua in Central Thailand, south of Bangkok.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 1999.


Details


Place where the work was made

Thailand


Cultural origin

Mon/Dvaravati style


Date

8th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

terracotta


Dimensions

25.9 x 20.9 x 8.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the Estate of David Strachan 1995


Location

Not on display


Accession number

209.1999



Place

Where the work was made
Thailand

Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Theodore Bowie, M.C. Subhadradis Diskul and A.B. Griswold, The sculpture of Thailand, Sydney, 1976. This publication is a general reference only, the citations referenced pg. 24 - 25 are for a work of a similiar style.