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Head of the Buddha
SMV 13-26-155
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The head shows the typical features of the Dvaravati period, which consist of a mixture of Mon elements influenced by Indian Gupta art. The outstanding beauty of this head is caused by the extremely fine and elegant outlines of the face. It does not remind us of a portrait, but reflects the timeless and the unfathomable in the being of the Buddha. This head shows utmost workmanship and is almost unique for its time.

History of the Object
The head was acquired by Karl Döhring in Thailand in 1912 and purchased by the Royal Ethnographical Collection Munich in 1913.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
green stone 
Measurements
Height 27 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Thailand; found in Thailand, Supanburi, Wat Pe Pratat; actually unknown 
Geography
Thailand 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 9th century 
Creation date
7th Century - 9th Century 
Function
Object of veneration in a Buddhist temple. 
Acquisition
Purchased by the museum in 1913. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State Property, Germany 
Museum
Five Continents Museum, Munich 
Credit line
State Museum of Ethnology, Munich, Germany 

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