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Head of a Buddha

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Some of the most interesting and powerful of the Lopburi stone sculptures have a strongly expressive character- achieved by making the volumes of the cheeks relate to those of the chin in a dynamic way, as well as through the manipulation of the outlines of the brows, eyes, and mouth. The remnants of thick lacquer are likely to date from the late 17th century, when King Narai of Ayutthaya was in residence in Lopburi. A number of the stone images recovered at Lopburi have faces completely covered with lacquer and gilding that transform the original contours into the more angular late 17th-century ideal.
Date Description Narrative
6/16/1994Examinationexamined for condition
  • Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, July 1948 [presented to the Breezewood Foundation, inv. no. 442]; Baltimore Museum of Art, 1960, by gift [BMA 1960.54]; Walters Art Museum, 1989, by transfer as gift.
Inscriptions none
Credit Gift of Alexander B. Griswold through transfer from the Baltimore Museum of Art, 1989

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1st half 13th century
sandstone (quartzose arenite (?))
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H: 13 3/16 x W: 7 1/2 x D: 7 1/16 in. (33.5 x 19 x 18 cm) approx.
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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