Ayuthaya head

Ref. Number: 961

Country: Thailand

Period: 17-18th Cent.

Material: Bronze

Dimension: 9.7 x 4.6 x 4 cm

Ayuthaya head of Buddha in bronze

An elegant face with downcast expression, arched eyebrows, pouting lips, elongated earlobes, and tightly curled hair, is crowned with an ushnisha, the flame symbolic of the Buddha’s enlightenment and divine wisdom, and is typical of the Ayuthaya period.

Thai artists used the lost wax or cire perdue method to cast the image. The image would be modeled in wax by the sculptor. The molten metal would be poured into the mold and allowed to cool. The mold was broken away, the casting flues were cut off, and any flaws in the surface were filled.

Ayuthaya head of Buddha

The city of Ayuthaya is located on a small island, encircled by three rivers. Due to its superior location, ancient Ayuthaya quickly became powerful, both politically and economically.

The Ayuthaya kingdom existed from 1351 to 1767, saw 5 dynasties, 33 kings, and was involved in 70 wars. After more than 400 years of power, in 1767, the Kingdom of Ayuthaya was brought down by invading Burmese armies and its capitol burned.

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