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Head of the Buddha


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Among the stucco fragments found in the central sanctuary tower at Wat Phra Phai Luang are both long-faced and round-faced heads. There are good reasons for considering these sculptures early Sukhotahai. This head may be connected with the round-faced type, but it is, in comparision, more stretched out. There is another approach to this head- that it betrays direct influence from China. Chinese artisans were no doubt present in Sukhothai. But efforts to turn an elusive impression into a plausible Chinese model have been unsuccessful. Among the possible sources for this head is the pyramidal monument at Wat Phra Phai Luang.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
2/09/1984Examinationexamined for survey
4/09/1991Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; other
11/05/1993Examinationexamined for condition
4/18/1994Treatmentother
Exhibitions
  • Recent Accessions. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1981.
  • Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Wat Phra Phai Luang (?); Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, Maryland, [presented to the Breezewood Foundation, inv. no. 691]; Walters Art Museum, 1979, by gift.
Inscriptions none
Credit Gift of Alexander B. Griswold, 1979

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Creator
Period
14th century (Sukhothai)
Medium
stucco
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
25.79
Measurements
H: 16 1/8 in. (41 cm); Diam at neck: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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