Results 1 259
48 Previous Next

Head of the Buddha
Explore Object
Creative Commons License

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.
Date Description Narrative
5/12/1995Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; other
  • 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

Download Image Add to Collection Creative Commons License

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


    Thumbnail: Head of the Buddha
    Zoom Out Zoom In Back to Details  
    Full Size: Head of the Buddha