Head of a Buddha
On View In:
Gallery 213
Artist:   Artist Unknown  
Title:   Head of a Buddha  
Date:   8th century  
Medium:   Limestone  
Dimensions:   10 1/2 x 8 in. (26.67 x 20.32 cm)  
Credit Line:   Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury  
Location:   Gallery 213  

This image of Buddha Shakyamuni conforms closely to the classic style evolved by the early Dvaravati sculptors. The face is square, mouth wide, nose flat and hair curls large. Although the Dvaravati artists borrowed ideas from the idealized sculpture of India, this head demonstrates that facial characteristics of the indigenous population was soon incorporated into their religious art.

Object Description  
Classification:   Sculpture  
Physical Description:   Buddha; traces of gilt on patina; face is square, mouth is wide, nose is flat and hair curls are large - all indicative of the classic style evolved bt the early Dvaravati sculptors  
Creation Place:   Asia, Cambodia or Thailand, , ,  
Accession #:   50.46.219  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts