Khmer Deity, 12th/13th Century Angkor Wat Style - For Sale
Khmer Deity, 12th/13th Century Angkor Wat Style
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This is a 12th/13th century Angkor Wat style sculpture of a four-armed Khmer deity. It is difficult to positively identify the deity without the attributes it would hold in its hands but it is most likely Vishnu. The dating of the statue can be established by the overall style of the sculpture, especially the sampot. The deity is wearing a short vertically pleated sampot with double fish-tail sash, a scallop-edge pockets-fold in relief in his left thigh, the belt is carved with a row of double cartouches and beaded borders, a fan-shaped fold in relief at the front and rear. I have attached a copy of the cover page and part of page 33 of a brochure I purchased at the National Museum in Cambodia in 1997; it includes a drawing of the Angkor Wat Style (c. 1100 – c. 1175 A.D.) sampot with a brief description.
The deity’s eyes and lips have incised borders, elongated ears with pierced lobes. His face has defined eyebrows, almond-shaped eyes, a broad nose and pouting lips. It has a tiara in front of a conical-shaped chignon.
The sculpture is weathered by long exposure to the elements; however, the details of the sampot, headdress and face are still well defined.