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  • Place of origin:

    Thailand (made)

  • Date:

    15th century-16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, cast in full relief by the cire-perdue process

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    South-East Asia, Room 47a, case 1

This Buddha head formed part of an image produced at Chiang Saen, one of the major bronze casting centres in the former kingdom of Lan Na, in present day northern Thailand. La Na remained an independent kingdom until taken over by Thailand in 1897.

Physical description

The head, of colossal proportions, has been broken away from its body at the neck, the ears are damaged and the ushnisha flame is missing from the socket. The face is full and round with drooping lotus-petal eyelids, semi-circular eyebrows, meeting at the root of the sharply-ridged aquiline nose, and small mouth slightly upturned at the corners. The hair and ushnisha are rendered by regular rows of snail-like curls. At the top of the ushnisha is a socket for the 'flame-of-illumination'. The ivory or mother-of-pearl 'whites' of the eyes, and the black composition pupils are missing. The whole surface of the casting is covered with a fine blackish-green patina.

Place of Origin

Thailand (made)


15th century-16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Bronze, cast in full relief by the cire-perdue process


Height: 38 cm, Width: 22 cm, Depth: 22.5 cm, Width: 24 cm

Descriptive line

Head of Buddha, bronze, Chiengmai, North Siam (Thailand), about 13th century AD.

Production Note

Found at Chiengmai, North Siam, (Tai Shan) School



Subjects depicted



Buddhism; Sculpture


South & South East Asia Collection

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