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    Sale 12168

    Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art

    15 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 318

    A gray sandstone head of Buddha

    THAILAND, MON-DVARAVATI PERIOD, 9TH CENTURY

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    A gray sandstone head of Buddha
    Thailand, Mon-Dvaravati period, 9th century
    Sensitively carved with full lips and downcast eyes with incised pupils, the hair in snail shell curls over a high ushnisha
    9 ½ in. (24 cm.) high


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    While there is great variation within the Mon-Dvaravati tradition, the sensitivity paid to the modeling of these facial features is in keeping with the period’s focus on the purity and fludity of form. As expressed by Jean Boisselier in The Heritage of Thai Sculpture, 1975, p. 73, "The school of Dvaravati may stand alongside the great Buddhist artistic traditions of India, so enduring were its innovations and so persuasive its influence on most of the art of Southeast Asia."

    Provenance

    Collection of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Price, acquired in London, 24 June 1988