Head of Buddha
Head of Buddha
Head of Buddha
Head of Buddha
Head of Buddha

Period of MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)

Head of Buddha

c. 1500 China

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Head of Buddha
China, Ming Dynasty
15th-16th century
Cast iron
25 ½ cm. / 10 inches high

The oval face having sharply defined features and downcast eyes, with a serene meditative expression and a projecting urna on the forehead, expressing wisdom. The well-modelled hair having sharp curls and a prominent ushnisha (topknot), which contains a round inset for inserting precious stones.

This head is a rare depiction of the Buddha in cast iron, a material which becomes more common in Chinese sculpture from the Song dynasty period (A.D. 960-1279); once sculptures were cast they were often covered in gesso, lacquer, paper or paint. For examples of depictions of the Buddha in iron from the Ming dynasty (A.D. 1338-1644), see a large head in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (acc. 61.94) and the figure of a seated Buddha in the Victorian and Albert Museum, London (museum no. M.317-1921).
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