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
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Sculpture, Stone

Buddhist sculpture

Ayutthaya period (1351 - 1767), Buddha, Buddhism, Hauge collection, Sukhothai period (ca. 1219/1243 - 1378), Thailand, ushnisha

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) and Custodian(s)

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


With an oval face, delicate features, and neat rows of small curls, the Buddha gazes gently downwards with heavy-lidded eyes. His hair is arranged in neat rows of curls rising towards the iconic cranial protuberance (ushnisha), which has broken off. Even in fragmentary condition, this Buddha seems to offer grace to all who behold him.

Figures of the Buddha proliferated in Thailand's Ayyuthaya Period (14th–15th century). Buddhism had become established as Thailand’s state religion centuries earlier, but in this era the kingdom turned thoroughly to Theravada Buddhism, which prioritized the historical Buddha Shakyamuni over all others.

Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
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