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U Thong Bronze Buddha Head Southeast Asia

Origin United States
Period Pre 18th Century
Materials cast bronze
W. 3.25 in; H. 12.5 in; D. 3.25 in; H.2. 9.5 in;
W. 8.26 cm; H. 31.75 cm; D. 8.26 cm; H.2. 24.13 cm;
Condition Good. Surface wear and deep patina
Creation Date 15th century
Description Bronze fragment of a Buddha head on wood display circa 14-16th century from Southeast Asia in today's Thailand or Cambodia. The Buddha image was cast in a typical U Thong style. U Thong art flourished in Central Thailand in the period (12-16th century) when Khmer influence was diminishing and before and during the rise of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. U Thong style was influenced by previous and contemporary styles in the region.
This Buddha statue displays the typical traits of U Thong iconography: there is a small band between the hairline and the forehead. The head features small curls. The face of the Buddha image is rather square with Mon and Khmer characteristics. During the early period the ushnisha (prominent bump on the top of Buddha's head) is topped by a lotus bud. In later period (Sukhothai influence), this is replaced by an elongated flame (which is this case albeit it took a more square shape). The eyes are cast (not inlaid as often the case with images of the Ayutthaya period).
This is an old statue with an original wood stand inserted into the hollow part, as found from an estate in CA. We date it to be 15th century, the mid U- Thong period.
Styles / Movements Ancient Art, Asian, Traditional
Patterns Asian/Oriental
Incollect Reference Number 392656
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