**Originally Listed At $500**
Southeast Asia, Thailand, Ayutthaya Period, ca. 16th to 17th century CE. A striking cast bronze Buddha head, expertly delineated with a serene facial expression, tightly curled hair nodes rising to a flame ushnisha, heavily laden meditative eyes that are inlaid with iridescent mother of pearl, a noble nose, elongated earlobes, and gently smiling lips - clearly a visage that could inspire hours peaceful meditation. Furthermore the surface boasts traces of gilding and wonderful patina. A rare and sublime piece of history that has survived many centuries! Wood block stand. Size: 1.75" W x 3.25" H (4.4 cm x 8.3 cm); 5.375" H (13.7 cm) on stand
The head of the Buddha is perhaps the most significant element of the deity as it represents the immense body of knowledge and wisdom of Buddha along with the tranquil nature that emanates from its expression. A peaceful countenance with a flame Ushnisha symbolizing the wisdom and knowledge acquired after attaining enlightenment, and prominent elongated ears, a physical feature symbolic of the Buddha's time as a prince when he wore elaborate ear ornaments to demonstrate wealth and prosperity. Of course, the prince stopped wearing them when he left the palace to become an ascetic; however, his earlobes remained stretched signifying a renunciation of the material world. Furthermore, the curled, short hair of the Buddha signifies the nobility of Buddha. Beyond the multi-layered meaning embodied in the iconography of this piece, its technique and artistry is exceptional.
Provenance: private Hawaii USA collection
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