Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object

Head of a Male Figure

Period:
Mon-Dvaravati period
Date:
8th–9th century
Culture:
Thailand (Ratchaburi Province, Ku Bua)
Medium:
Stucco with color
Dimensions:
H. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.142.287
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 246
In Thailand, stupas and temples were often embellished with terracotta and stucco sculptures. In some instances, even large-scale narrative friezes illustrating stories from the Buddha's life survive. In contrast to the stone and metal images that served as the primary objects of worship, these sculptures in plastic media show a greater degree of spontaneity and freedom of expression.
Related Objects

Head of Buddha

Date: 9th century Medium: Stucco Accession: 1987.417.5 On view in:Gallery 246

Head of a Deity

Date: 8th century Medium: Stucco Accession: 1982.214 On view in:Gallery 246

Head of a Buddha

Date: 8th century Medium: Stone Accession: 1983.13 On view in:Gallery 246

Standing Buddha

Date: 7th–8th century Medium: Stone with traces of color Accession: 1982.220.6 On view in:Gallery 246

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

Date: second half of the 7th century Medium: Sandstone Accession: 1987.218.16 On view in:Gallery 245