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Cambodia Anonymous,
Cambodian Bronze Head of a Buddha, 11th -12th c.
Bronze
10 1/2 in. x 7 3/8 in. x 6 3/4 in. (26.67 cm x 18.73 cm x 17.15 cm)


Object Type: Statuary
Technique: Cast
Period: Sung Dynasty (China, 960-1280)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Edward Nagel
Accession Number: 71.1.110


Commentary
This head was originally part of a larger statue and has features typical of a Buddha seated in meditation, although without the hand positions, the specific type of image cannot be determined. The shape of the head, with a broader brow and narrower chin, is characteristic of Khmer Cambodian bronzes of the 11-13th centuries, as are the tight curls in rows of squares and the stepped lotus petals of the cranial bump.
- Dr. Bruce A. Coats, 2022

Dimensions
The accompaning base measures 6 1/8 x 5 x 5 inches.

Marks
No marks.

Medium
Cast bronze, filled with plaster, and mounted on a wooden base.

Object Description
Cambodian bronze head of a Buddha, broken off a statue. The head has hair formed of tight curls in squares, with a pointed top knot at the crown of the head. The ears are quite elongated, and the features generally southeast Asian in style. The bronze is blackened.

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