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Head of Buddha

At the Los Angeles Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art there is a permanent collection of Ancient Islamic art. From that collection, the Head of Buddha will be discussed in a visual critical analysis. The analysis will include the object's physical condition, content, composition, and the time period of the piece. Space and technique will be examined as well.

The Head of Buddha is composed of volcanic stone. It is the only medium used. This three dimensional sculpture appears to have considerable amounts of damage. Not all of the features of the face are present. It looks as though the nose is missing. The body figure of the Buddha is not present as well and it possibly might not be intended to have one. The texture of the volcanic stone seems to be somewhat rough. The stone does not have a polished, smooth surface, but one that has weathered over time with small Ð''pit' like indentations that are consistent throughout the surface. No additional color is apparent on the form, only the gray of the stone itself.

The size of the sculpture is approximately a foot and a half in diameter. A head sculpture of this size appears to be large, at least lager than an actual head. The size appearance is slightly overwhelming due to the mounting of the sculpture. It sits up on a platform protruding from the wall, giving it a Ð''worms eye view.'

The place of origin is Central Java of Indonesia. The time period of this piece is approximately C. 825 to 850. The relief indents and protrudes to create slits for the eyes and mouth. There is a peaceful essence in the calming facial expression. No fine extreme detail within the contour lines.

The object must have a purpose. The appearance of the figure exudes a peacefulness. The soft curves within the hair and the facial features bring out a sense of warmth. The culture of this region reflects

A Buddha figurine typically means



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