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Head of a Buddha image
Place of Origin: Thailand, Wat Phra Chettuphon, Bangkok
Date: approx. 1800
Materials: Stucco
Style or Ware: Bangkok
Dimensions: H. 18 1/4 in x W. 16 in x D. 17 in, H. 46.4 cm x W. 40.6 cm x D. 43.2 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B60S84+
On Display: No

Description

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In the 1790s the first monarch of the new kingdom of Siam, with its capital at Bangkok, built an important temple called Wat Phra Chettuphon, known informally as Wat Pho, the "Temple of the Bo Tree." The king had hundreds of old Buddha images from other parts of his realm brought south to line the galleries of the temple.

These images were in a variety of styles; to make them uniform the king had them covered with layers of stucco coated in gilded lacquer. In the 1950s the stucco coatings were removed, and most fragments of them were discarded. This stucco face and at least one other, though, were kept and soon found their way into foreign collections. An impression of the face of the Buddha image that this fragment once covered is preserved on its inner side and it is possible to narrow down which image still at Wat Phra Chettuphon it once belonged to.


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Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Label:

In the 1790s the first monarch of the new kingdom of Siam, with its capital at Bangkok, built an important temple called Wat Phra Chettuphon, known informally as Wat Pho, the "Temple of the Bo Tree." The king had hundreds of old Buddha images from other parts of his realm brought south to line the galleries of the temple.

These images were in a variety of styles; to make them uniform the king had them covered with layers of stucco coated in gilded lacquer. In the 1950s the stucco coatings were removed, and most fragments of them were discarded. This stucco face and at least one other, though, were kept and soon found their way into foreign collections. An impression of the face of the Buddha image that this fragment once covered is preserved on its inner side and it is possible to narrow down which image still at Wat Phra Chettuphon it once belonged to.


Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010