Serenity, tranquility, and compassion are expressively conveyed in the gently modeled, highly porous black stone of the volcanic island of Java. Borobudur, the massive, multitiered stone structure from which it came, still stands as one of the most impressive Buddhist monuments in the world. Concentric walkways with carved pilgrimage scenes lead up to vast terraces that originally had more than 500 life-size Buddha images, many of which still remain.

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  • Title: Head of Buddha
  • Date Created: early 800s
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 30.6 cm (12 1/16 in.)
  • Provenance: (Raphaël Stora [1888–1963], New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1942.1087
  • Medium: volcanic stone
  • Department: Indian and Southeast Asian Art
  • Culture: Indonesia, Java, Borobudur, Sailendra Period, 9th Century
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: Javanese Art
  • Accession Number: 1942.1087

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