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16th Century Ava Limestone Buddha Head

16th Century Ava Limestone Buddha Head


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1700: Item # 694620

Please refer to our stock # 25-65 when inquiring.
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This limestone Buddha head has been in our collection since the mid-1990s when we purchased three of them, each with features distinctive from the others but all carved from the same stone and of Burma's Ava Period (1287-1752). The other two of the three appear to have been cut from a back slab; this one is almost fully in the round. All three heads have the Ava characteristics of prominent sweeping eyebrows over half-closed eyes, well modeled lips and a smooth cap over the hair but differences in execution of the features suggest they were carved by different artisans. Unlike the other two, which have broader faces with shorter noses, this head looks almost Roman in profile. (To see the other two heads, please click on our items 25-64 and 04-14.) This piece is mounted on a black metal stand. The face is intact except for a missing crescent on the right side of the chin and the missing lobe on the left ear. The crown of the head is slightly flattened and has a surface that is not as weathered as the rest of the piece, suggesting it was cut away from an attached carving. The weathered surface suggests it was part of an outdoor grouping. This head exudes a mystery that is intensified when it is viewed with indirect light casting shadows on its unusual features. Height of head with stand: 9" (23 cm). Dimensions of head only: height 7" (18 cm), width 6" (15 cm), depth 6" (15 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM