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Head of Buddha

Period:
pre-Angkor period
Date:
7th century
Culture:
Southern Cambodia
Medium:
Sandstone
Dimensions:
H. 24 in. (61 cm); W. 13 in. (33 cm); D. 12 3/4 (32.4)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Doris Wiener, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.512
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 245
This over-life-size head of the Buddha is a testament to the grandeur of the monumental sculptural tradition in the Zhenla kingdom. It was carved from a sandstone characteristic of southern Cambodia, which is consistent with its stylistic assignment to Angkor Borei or a related site. The Buddha has a strong, broad face; lightly modeled eyelids and pupils; and full lips that turn up at the corners in a hint of a smile. The hair curls, like those of other Buddhas of this period and region, are large and flat—a memory of the southern Indian style favored in the early period of contact.

cat. no. 48
Doris Wiener , New York (by 1995; given to MMA) [Doris Wiener, New York, by 1984–2005]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century," April 14, 2014–July 27, 2014.

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