This exceptionally large head, once glowing with a coating of gold lacquer, belonged to a figure at least 15 metres high. This piece dates stylistically to the Ayuthaya period, when Buddha images drew on the Sukhothai heritage but exaggerated features to create a face distinguished by its oval shape, arched eyebrows and pointed nose. Other features of the Ayuthaya style are the small hair curls and the clear band separating the forehead from the head.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.325.
Ayutthaya period 1350 - 1767 → Thailand
sandstone with traces of lacquer
60.4 x 44.0 x 40.5 cm object; 83.0 x 44.0 x 40.5 cm object with stand
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Mr F. Storch 2000
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–13 Mar 2016
Referenced in 2 publications
Jill Sykes, Look, 'Frederick Storch 1927-2003', pg. 12, Sydney, Feb 2004, 12 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 325 (colour illus.).