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Lifesize 17th C. Thai Ayutthaya Gilt Brass Buddha Head

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Lifesize 17th C. Thai Ayutthaya Gilt Brass Buddha Head
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Southeast Asia, Thailand, Ayutthaya Period, ca. 17th to early 18th century CE. A life-sized, cast-brass head of Buddha with a hollow interior and sensuous facial details. Buddha presents a meditative countenance with downcast eyes filled with red pigment beneath wispy brows, full lips with indented corners, a sharply crested, aquiline nose, and tall ears bearing the tops of each lobe. Topping his head is an intricate crown with raised floral and foliage motifs beneath a flaming upper periphery, applied red pigment, and opulent gilding in 54.7% gold (equivalent to 12K+) which still retains its original yellow hue on the verso. Above the crown are a pair of tiered, conical ushnishas that flank the upper casting hole. An extraordinary head replete with expert detailing and lustrous brown patina. Size: 7.9" W x 11.375" H (20.1 cm x 28.9 cm); quality of gold: 54.7% (equivalent to 12K+).

The head of Buddha is perhaps the most significant element of the deity as it represents his immense body of knowledge and wisdom along with the tranquil nature that emanates from its expression. The prominent elongated ears are 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. Beyond the multi-layered meaning embodied in the iconography of this piece, the technique executed to create the meticulously delineated curls of his coiffure and the absolute smoothness of the contours of that face is very impressive.

Provenance: private California, USA collection, acquired in 1998 from Rosemary Anastos; ex-estate of Milton and Rosemary Anastos, New York, USA; Rosemary Anastos was given this head as a gift when she retired as President of Barnard College in New York in 1965 or 1966

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Losses to bottoms of both ear lobes and small frontal area of neckline as shown. Nicks and minor abrasions to neckline, ears, face, crown, and top, with fading to original pigmentation, chipping to gilding and fading to most gilding across front half of head, softening to some finer details particularly on crown, and light encrustations. Nice earthen deposits and fabulous remains of original gilding throughout.
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Lifesize 17th C. Thai Ayutthaya Gilt Brass Buddha Head

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000
Mar 26, 2020
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0119A: Lifesize 17th C. Thai Ayutthaya Gilt Brass Buddha Head
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**First Time At Auction**

Southeast Asia, Thailand, Ayutthaya Period, ca. 17th to early 18th century CE. A life-sized, cast-brass head of Buddha with a hollow interior and sensuous facial details. Buddha presents a meditative countenance with downcast eyes filled with red pigment beneath wispy brows, full lips with indented corners, a sharply crested, aquiline nose, and tall ears bearing the tops of each lobe. Topping his head is an intricate crown with raised floral and foliage motifs beneath a flaming upper periphery, applied red pigment, and opulent gilding in 54.7% gold (equivalent to 12K+) which still retains its original yellow hue on the verso. Above the crown are a pair of tiered, conical ushnishas that flank the upper casting hole. An extraordinary head replete with expert detailing and lustrous brown patina. Size: 7.9" W x 11.375" H (20.1 cm x 28.9 cm); quality of gold: 54.7% (equivalent to 12K+).

The head of Buddha is perhaps the most significant element of the deity as it represents his immense body of knowledge and wisdom along with the tranquil nature that emanates from its expression. The prominent elongated ears are 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. Beyond the multi-layered meaning embodied in the iconography of this piece, the technique executed to create the meticulously delineated curls of his coiffure and the absolute smoothness of the contours of that face is very impressive.

Provenance: private California, USA collection, acquired in 1998 from Rosemary Anastos; ex-estate of Milton and Rosemary Anastos, New York, USA; Rosemary Anastos was given this head as a gift when she retired as President of Barnard College in New York in 1965 or 1966

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#147538
Condition
...
Losses to bottoms of both ear lobes and small frontal area of neckline as shown. Nicks and minor abrasions to neckline, ears, face, crown, and top, with fading to original pigmentation, chipping to gilding and fading to most gilding across front half of head, softening to some finer details particularly on crown, and light encrustations. Nice earthen deposits and fabulous remains of original gilding throughout.
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