5. Buddha Head U-Thong B style
14th century, U-Thong B style
22 cm or 8 Â¾ in
The so-called U-thong style developed concomitantly with the art of the Sukhothai Kingdom and marks the beginning of the art of the kingdom of Ayutthaya. This style participates in the gradual affirmation of typically Thai stylistic characteristics and thus stands out from the models of the previous period, Môn Dvaravati, which logically stemmed from Indian art.
This extremely rare head, with its serene expression and a curly hairstyle, is a classic example of this U-Thong style. Among the three stylistic types of this period, the piece belongs to type B, which refers to angular faces with a square shape, of Khmer influence.
The beautiful deep reddish-brown patina accentuates the majestic character of this Buddha.
Provenance: Galerie Gérard Lévy, Paris. Acquired by a private collection, 25 January 1969.
Art Loss Register Certificate, ref. S00132915.
Detail: alternate view