This piece is a 15-16th Century Burmese Ava style buddha head that part of a buddha that was built into the wall of a temple. If you look at the photo of the back of the head you will see that the center is made of ancient brick. The brick is then covered in stucco that is formed into the shape of the buddha. The stucco is then covered with black lacquer and finally the face is gilded. It is remarkable that the original lacquer and gilding had remained in perfect condition. The Ava period, in my opinion, produced some of the most beautiful buddha faces of all. They have round fleshy cheeks that are strongly influenced by the Ming style, only they are more accessible and friendly. It is extremely rare to find one as large and as beautiful and in as good condition as this one is. Measures 15 inches tall on its base, the base measures 1 1/4 inches tall x 6 inches across x 4/12 inches deep, the piece measures 12 inches tall x 9 inches across x 5 1/2 inches deep.
Availability : Sold
Dating: 15th Century - 16th Century