Head of Buddha
circa 6th century - circa 11th century
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.
Place where the work was made
Dvaravati (Mon) period 500 - 1000 → Thailand
13.5 x 10.1 x 9.0 cm; 20.3 x 10.1 x 9.0 cm including stand
Signature & date
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Thai sculpture (1964), David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, 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, Sydney, 06 May 1995–10 Sep 1995
Referenced in 1 publication
Robert Haines, Thai sculpture, Sydney, 1964. cat.no. 21