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Head of the Buddha


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The dating of the sandstone sculpture of Ayutthaya has been a problem for scholars, and there has been a persistent belief that it should all be placed in the 17th century. Stylistically, however, it appears to belong to the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. An exact correspondence between stone and bronze should not be expected. Nevertheless, most of the features of this head- especially the treatment of the mouth, eyes, and eye sockets- correspond to the classic Early Ayutthaya type. The absence of a band at the edge of the curls suggests a conscious decision to follow Sukhothai.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
2/09/1984Examinationsurvey
5/12/1995Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; other
Exhibitions
  • Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, July 1949, [presented to the Breezewood Foundation, inv. no. 760], by purchase [in Ayutthaya, Thailand]; Walters Art Museum, 1979, by gift.
Inscriptions none
Credit Gift of Alexander B. Griswold, 1979

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Period
14th-15th century (Ayutthaya)
Medium
sandstone, matte red-orange paint (in different layers), gilding, black lacquer
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
25.65
Measurements
H: 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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