(Thailand circa 6th century–circa 11th century)
13.5 x 10.1 x 9.0cm sculpture; 6.8 x 7.6 x 7.6cm base; 20.3 x 10.1 x 9.0cm overall
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.
Robert Haines (Australia; France, b.1910, d.2005) (Author), Thai sculpture, Sydney, 1964. cat.no. 21
Thai sculpture (1964), David Jones' Art Gallery, 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, 06 May 1995–10 Sep 1995.