Head of Buddha
Ayutthaya period, 16-17 th Century
bronze with gilding
A bronze head of Buddha in Ayutthaya Style, 16-17th century
Superbly cast and gracefully delineated with the ovoid face in serene expression, the lips sensitively modeled in a subtle smile, with almond-shaped downcast eyes deeply recessed beneath arched brows connected in a sinuous line.The head is flanked by pendulous lobes slightly flared at upper and lower tips. The hair is arranged in rows of small spiral curls, topped by the ushnisha pierced for insertion of a separately-cast finial. His heart-shaped hairline of small curls extending over the ushnisha, a narrow band separtates forehead and curls. The chin is slightly incised. With a rich brown patina overall and some gilding.
During the 14th through 16th centuries, Thailand's Ayutthaya kingdom became on of the most powerful forces on mainland Southeast Asia. Continuing the artistic trajectory set forth under the Sukhothai, the Theravada polity sponsored the production of Buddha images fashioned in a new distinct style.The faces display a curvilinear countour with the hairline lower towards the sinuous browline accentuated by elongated ears flared at upper and lower tips. The eyes, extending evently across the width of the face, are three-quarters closed to endow the figure with a sense of serenity that is at once inwardly directed and also engaged with the world". cfr. Christies catalogue of the sale lot 417 from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. William T.Pprice, Texas.
cfr. Litterature: Hiram W.Woodward Jr.: The sacred sculpture of Thailand. The Alex B.Griswold collection, Thames and Hudson, London, 1997, p.241 fig.240
Private Collection Richard and Sabine de G.from Lausanne, Switzerland
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