A large carved sandstone head of the Buddha

With traces of pigment, Ayutthaya style, 16th -17th century, Thailand

Dimension: H55 x W31 x D35cm; H21.65 x W12.20 x D13.78 inches

The Buddha has a benevolent expression the features outlined with incised lines, depict closed eyelids, arched brows, upturned pouting lips in half smile, round chin, and elongated earlobes. Shakyamuni wears a crown decorated with four bands that sits on the upper forehead and envelopes the back of the head. Behind the crown rises a two tired ushnisha, one of the thirty two traditional "great marks" (Maha-Laksana) of Buddhahood.

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