Head of Buddha

The head has soft, delicate features, showing a serenity, with the eyes gently looking down in meditation, and large curls rise to form the usnisha. The earlobes are elongated, indicating the heavy earrings once worn by Prince Siddhartha, who renounced all wealth to follow the path to enlightenment and become the Buddha.Southeast Asia was situated on the trade routes from the Indian subcontinent to China from ancient times. Buddhism arrived in Java along these trade routes, and subsequently missionaries followed. Javanese devotees travelled to Nalanda University in Bihar, Northern India, establishing strong connections with Indian Buddhist centres.

Date/Period
9th century
Region
Central Java, Indonesia
Dimension
Object size: 33.0 x 23.0 x 22.0 cm, Object size: 45.0 x 23.0 x 22.0 cm (With stand)
Accession No.
2018-00041
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Sculpture