A 15TH CENTURY AYUTTHAYA PERIOD GILT BRONZE HEAD OF BUDDHA
Bronze with remains of lacquer gilding. Mounted to wooden base
Thailand, Ayutthaya Period, 15th century
This buddha head is well-cast with a serene expression and sensitively delineated lips. The nose is straight and slender, the heavy-lidded eyes are framed by arched eyebrows. Flanked by elongated earlobes with out-turned tips and surmounted by a flattened heart-shaped hairline of tight, swirled curls arranged over the ushnisha. Remains of lacquer gilding throughout.
Shape: Figural head
Dimensions: 18 cm (height of the head), 29,5 cm (total height with base)
Condition: Good condition with appealing patina
Provenance: Austrian private collection, acquired 1989 in our galleries (comes with the catalog)
Literature comparison: see Christie's, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art, 13 September 2016, New York, lot 260 (for a very similar Buddha head of comparable, dated to the 14th century) and Christie's, Indian and Southeast Asian Works of Art, 16 September 2008, New York, lot 577 (for a comparable head, larger in size).