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Collection

An image of Head of Buddha by

Cambodia

Title
Head of Buddha
Place of origin
Cambodia
Cultural origin
Khmer style
Year
14th century
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
stone
Dimensions

30.5 x 23.0 x 23.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1967
Accession number
EV3.1967
Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

The history of Cambodia is often considered in three major periods: the pre-Angkor period, from the beginnings of Indianisation to c800 CE; the Angkor period, from 800s to 1431; and a post-Angkor period, dating from the city’s final abandonment about 1431 as a consequence of sustained attacks from Thailand. Much of Cambodia’s surviving cultural heritage is in the form of stone and metal iconic and architectural pieces from the Angkor period and earlier.

Theravada Buddhism swept through Cambodia in the 1200s, although the reasons for the widespread conversion remain unclear.

Asian Art Department, 2003

Bibliography (2)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 315 (colour illus.).

William Watson, Thai and Khmer sculpture, Sydney, 1967. cat.no. 33

Exhibition history (2)

Thai and Khmer Sculpture (1967), David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, Nov 1967 -

Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015