A gray sandstone head of Buddha
A gray sandstone head of Buddha

THAILAND, MON-DVARAVATI PERIOD, 9TH CENTURY

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

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Lot Essay

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."

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