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Buddha head
DUROM.1960.811
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Created in about 1300 CE, this head is exquisitely cast, chased and patinated with a delicate shade of pale slate green/grey.

History of the Object
Buddhism was introduced to Japan from Korea during the Nara Period (710-794 CE). Over the following centuries, the numerous temples and monasteries that resulted created a demand for bronze images of the Buddha. At first, these copied Chinese and Korean work, but by the Kamakura Period, when this piece was created, they had developed a Japanese character.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Cast bronze 
Measurements
height 51cm, width 27cm, depth 28cm 
Creator name
Japanese 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 13th century ~ AD 14th century 
Creation date
13th Century -14th Century; Kamakura Period, circa1300 
Function
This head would have originally formed part of a large seated figure of the Buddha Sakyamuni placed in a temple 
Acquisition
The Buddha head was given to the Oriental Museum by Sir Charles Edmund Hardinge in 1960 
Copyright
Copyright owned by Durham University Oriental Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Owned by Durham University Oriental Museum 
Museum
Oriental Museum 
Credit line
Gift from Sir Charles Edmund Hardinge 

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