Head of the Buddha (usnisa cut off)

Historical period(s)
Sukhothai or Ayutthaya period, 14th-15th century
H x W x D: 17.5 x 12 x 11 cm (6 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 4 5/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Sculpture, Stone

Buddhist sculpture

Ayutthaya period (1351 - 1767), Buddha, Buddhism, Sukhothai period (ca. 1219/1243 - 1378), Thailand, ushnisha, WWII-era provenance

From at least 1973 to 2005
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hauge [1]

From 2005
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hauge in 2005


[1] Object file. Acquired while Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge were living in Bangkok (1967-1972 or 1973). They were visited on various occasions by Victor and Taka Hauge. According to Taka Hauge, the sources of the stucco heads and related works were the dealers Chai Ma and Peng Seng:

Chai Ma Antiques, 799-801 Silom Road, Bangkok 5, tel. 2364-390, 2364-408

Peng Seng, 942/1-3 Rama IV Road (corner of Suriwongse Road), Bangkok 10500

Previous Owner(s)

Victor and Takako Hauge American (1919 - 2013, 1923 - 2015)


Gazing down with heavy-lidded eyes, the face with an oval shape and delicate features, the hair arranged in neat rows of small curls rising towards the Buddha's iconic cranial protuberance (ushnisha). Even in fragmentary condition, this image of the Buddha seems to offer grace to all who behold him.
Figures of the Buddha proliferated in Thailand's Ayyuthaya Period (14th-15th century), when Buddhism had already become entrenched as the state religion for centuries. At this time the kingdom turned thoroughly to Theravada Buddhism, prioritizing the original Buddha Shakyamuni over all others. Today Ayyuthaya is preserved as testament to an era of great artistic and literary output.

Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
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