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An image of Head of Buddha by Dvaravati School

Dvaravati School

(Thailand circa 6th century – circa 11th century)

Title
Head of Buddha
Place of origin
Thailand
Period
Dvaravati (Mon) period 500 - 1000 → Thailand
Year
8th century
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
terracotta
Dimensions

13.5 x 10.1 x 9.0 cm; 20.3 x 10.1 x 9.0 cm including stand

Signature & date
Not signed.
Credit
Purchased 1964
Accession number
EV2.1964
Location
Not on display
Further information

Since ancient times, today's Thailand has been the meeting place for diverse cultures from the region. The first known state in Thailand was the Dvaravati kingdom which was peopled by the Mon race from lower Burma and flourished from the sixth to eleventh centuries. The Mon Buddha is characterized by oversize curls and bulging eyelids. Terracotta pieces such this one are thought to have been attached to temple walls.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, May 1995.

Bibliography (1)

Robert Haines, Thai sculpture, Sydney, 1964. cat.no. 21

Exhibition history (2)

Thai sculpture (1964), David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, 12 Aug 1964–22 Aug 1964

Buddhist Art from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 May 1995–10 Sep 1995