Antique Dvaravati Style Thai Stone Buddha Head Statue - 41cm/16"
Measures - (Height) 41cm/16"
An antique 11th century Dvaravati style Thai stone Buddha head.
In the heart of Southeast Asia, the legacy of the Dvaravati civilization echoes through time in the form of exquisite Buddha statues. These masterpieces, characterized by their graceful postures and serene expressions, bear witness to a cultural and spiritual richness that once flourished in the region.
The Dvaravati civilization, which thrived from the 6th to the 11th centuries in parts of present-day Thailand, served as a cultural crossroads. Influences from Indian, Khmer, and Mon cultures converged, giving rise to a unique artistic tradition that found expression in sculpture, architecture, and religious practices. Dvaravati style Buddha statues encapsulate this cultural confluence, reflecting the synthesis of diverse influences.
The Buddha, carved from sandstone, has a peaceful countenance with downcast introspective eyes and a firm brow. His earlobes are stretched long from a youth spent as a prince wearing heavy gold earrings.
The aesthetic appeal of this Dvaravati Buddha statue lies in its graceful form, intricate detailing, and harmonious proportions. The meticulous craftsmanship exhibited in the delicate facial features, and overall symmetry contributes to the statues' timeless beauty. The artistic elegance of Dvaravati style has not only captivated the people of its era but continues to influence contemporary art in Southeast Asia.
The broad face, treatment of the hair curls, serene downcast eyes, scalloped earlobes and linear eyebrows have affinities which are typical of the Dvaravati style.
The carving and patina is simply beautiful as you can see in the fine details of the face. Each detail is rendered perfectly. The distinctive patina of the piece is also particularly delightful.
The importance of Dvaravati style Buddha statues in Southeast Asia transcends their artistic beauty. They stand as living testaments to a civilization that embraced cultural diversity and manifested its spiritual aspirations in tangible form.
As contemporary observers, we have the privilege of gazing upon these masterpieces and immersing ourselves in the rich tapestry of a bygone era.
In silent grace, this Dvaravati Buddha statue beckons us to reflect on the enduring quest for spiritual enlightenment, cultural synthesis, and the timeless beauty that unites generations across the ever-evolving landscapes of Southeast Asia.
The Buddha head is mounted on a wood base (later).
A lovely Buddha with excellent detail and patina.
This traditional in appearance piece is sure to add serenity to your home, office or sacred space.
One of the most recognisable of the Asian deities this representation of the spiritual teacher Buddha is sure to enlighten your home with endlessly timeless style.
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