A bronze head of Buddha
Sukhothai period, second half of the 14th century, Thailand.
Length: 16 cm x Width: 19 cm x Height: 29 cm (without base)
Length: 6.30 inches x Width: 7.48 inches x Height: 11.42 inches (without base)
This bronze Buddha head is cast with bow shaped lips raised into a serene smile, the open upward slanting eyes with heavy lids, the downcast eyes inlaid with mother of pearl, below steeply arched eyebrows, the sharp outline of which link up into a continues ridge along the middle of the slender nose. Tight curls rendered in twisted spirals cover the Buddha’s head, while the elongated earlobes represent the Buddha’s renouncement of the worldly life by the removal of his princely ear plugs.
Similar example: ‘The Sacred Sculpture of Thailand: The Alexander B. Griswold Collection, the Walters Art Gallery’ by Hiram W. Woodward, Jr., University of Washington Press, 1997, plate 157.