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Head of a Buddha Image
CM 1-2516
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is the biggest Buddha Head to be found in the Lanna Kingdom which makes it special. It is made in the Phra Saen Swae technique; it is made in several pieces and then connected using bronze "locks".

History of the Object
The statue was in the Wat Yaang Kuang in Chiang Mai during the reign of King Rama V. Prince Damrong who is also known in Thailand as "The Father of the study of Thai History" enjoyed collecting masterpieces of Buddha images. He took the statue from Chiang Mai to Wat Benchamabophit (Marble temple) in Bangkok, at the time, a most important temple. The Buddha Head was too large to be taken through the temple doors and it was therefore placed in front of the temple. When King Rama V established the National Museum in Bangkok he moved the statue from the temple to the museum. In 1973 the Government ordered it to be moved to the museum in Chiang Mai.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Height 182 cm.  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Thailand; Chiang Mai 
Geography
Thailand 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 15th century 
Creation date
14th Century - 15th Century 
Function
Worship and decoration in a temple 
Acquisition
On the occasion of the opening of the National Museum of Chiang Mai in 1973, the Government ordered several objects to be moved from the National Museum in Bangkok and sent to the Chiang Mai Museum. See also: CM 345-2516; 96-2516; 328-2516 and 2-2516 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The State of Thailand 
Museum
Chiang Mai National Museum 
Credit line
 

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