Buddha head in a tree at Wat Mahatat, Ayutthaya


Wat Mahatat, Ayutthaya, originally uploaded by Zimmelino.

This tree is famous not in and of itself but rather for the Buddha's head that is rather firmly lodged in it's tangled roots. It is told that in 1767 the Burmese attacked and destroyed Ayatthuya. In the process they chopped of the heads of all of the Buddha statues. This particular head must have fallen among the prop roots of a bodhi tree. Over the centuries the roots have grown around the head in such a way that almost seems intentional.

4 comments:

Antique Buddhas said...

The view of buddha head in the roots of a tree is quite spectacular.
But its too bad that the heads of all the buddha statues were chopped in the the Burmese attacks in 1767.

hou said...

The view of buddha head in the roots of a tree is quite spectacular.
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Antique Buddhas said...

One of the few Buddha heads that looks absolutely beautiful if seen from the cultural as well as archeological point of view.

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