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


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.

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