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.
Samuel Eilenberg , New York (until 1987; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Lotus Transcendent: Indian and Southeast Asian Art from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection," October 2, 1991–June 28, 1992.