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Collection

An image of Buddha head and upper torso by

Thailand

Title
Buddha head and upper torso
Place of origin
Thailand
Cultural origin
Mon/Dvaravati style
Period
Dvaravati (Mon) period 500 - 1000 → Thailand
Year
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
Accession number
209.1999
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

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