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Finial with the Head of the God Brahma
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Finial with the Head of the God Brahma


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Description At the same time that Thai sculptors were casting what are now considered the classic bronze images of the Buddha, potters in the Sukhothai region were producing vast quantities of ceramics. Thousands and thousands of dishes and covered bowls were shipped to the islands of Southeast Asia. This architectural fixture was made for local use. The four-faced god is probably a Buddhist manifestation of the Hindu creator-god Brahma. He and other Brahmas reside in the upper tiers of heaven, which are reserved for gods in deep, long-lasting trances. This sculpture might once have been placed atop a gate.
Provenance Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Southeast Asian Art Collection; Walters Art Museum, 2002, by gift.
Credit Gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Southeast Asian Art Collection, 2002

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Period
15th century (Si Satchanalai)
Medium
stoneware with underglaze iron decoration
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
49.2802
Measurements
Overall H: 12 5/8 × W: 8 1/2 × D: 8 1/2 in. (32 × 21.6 × 21.6 cm)
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Not On View

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