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.
Place where the work was made
Dvaravati (Mon) period 500 - 1000 → Thailand
25.9 x 20.9 x 8.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of the Estate of David Strachan 1995
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Thai and Khmer sculpture, David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, 25 Aug 1965–11 Sep 1965
Referenced in 1 publication
Robert Haines, Thai and Khmer sculpture, Sydney, Aug 1965. lot no. 12