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Head of Buddha

14th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Cultural origin
    Khmer style
    14th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    30.5 x 23.0 x 23.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 1967
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    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

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

  • Provenance

    Robert Haines, 1967, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased in Thailand by Mr Robert Haines in 1967 for David Jones Gallery (art dealership), Sydney.

    David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Oct 1967-Nov 1967, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased from the exhibition, 'Thai and Khmer sculpture' held at the David Jones Gallery (art dealership), Sydney, 25 Oct- 17 Nov 1967, cat. no. 33 by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1967.