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Title

Head of Buddha

8th century

Artist

Dvaravati School

Thailand

circa 6th century - circa 11th century

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Ratchaburi Thailand
    Period
    Dvaravati (Mon) period 500 - 1000 → Thailand
    Date
    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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    EV2.1964
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Dvaravati School

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication