Buddha head in roots
The stone head of a decapitated Buddha statue is gripped in the roots of a strangler fig (Ficus religiosa), similar to the banyan tree, in the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya. The city was destroyed by invading Burmese armies in 1767 and was abandoned. This Buddha image was one of many in the principal temple, Wat Mahathat — the Burmese spared nothing, not even the religious buildings and icons..
Photo ID: 11745_03_Buddha_in_roots
Author: Michael Freeman
Photo size: 21.1 Mpixels (60.3 MB uncompressed) - 5128x4108 pixels (17.0x13.6 in / 43.4x34.8 cm at 300 ppi)
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