Head of Buddha
Thailand or Cambodia
Early 10th Century (?)
Katharine and John Maltwood acquired this stone head from the F. W. Margrett & Co. in Bankok on January 19, 1931. Mr. Maltwood noted in his files it had been "found buried at the foot of a mountagin in Pitsanuloke, Siam (Thailand), and thought to be spoil from Cambodia. Some Siamese students thought it looked to be from the Sukothai area."
Head of Kwanyin (Kuan-yin; Avalokitesvara)
Bronze (Traces of Gilding)
China, c. 618-906
This head of Kuan-yin (Kwanyin) wearing a crown dates from the T'ang, or possibly Sung, Dynasty in China. Kuan-yin is a popular Bodhisattva in Buddhist art, and personifies mercy. An image such as this was promoted worship and invoked the aid the the deities represented.
The figure of the seated Amida Buddha can be seen in the centre front of the crown, which itself was once gilded. The head was probably part of a large piece, perhaps once kept in a temple.
The Maltwoods acquired this head from a dealer named Collier, but the date of its acquisition is not known.
Bibliography: The Maltwood Far Eastern Collection exhibition catalog, 1982.
God of Longevity
Ceramic; Glaze; Wood
China, c. 1368-1644
The Maltwoods purchased this figure of the God of Longevity in February 1920 in London (Franck). It dates from the Ming Dynasty of China.
The God of Longevity is sometimes referred to as Shous Hsing. Here, he is shown wearing a tall cylindrical-shaped crown with a horizontal crescent-shaped design. He holds a staff in his right hand. There are other elements usually associated with the God of Longevity, in addition to the staff, which are not included on this piece. These attributes include a peach (symbol of immortality and springtime), and an association with a crane or spotted deer (emblems of long life).