This very large and refined sandstone head of Shiva, in Khmer Koh Ker style, has an expression of divinity, with full bow shaped mouth, moustache, broad nose, double outlined almond shaped eyes with incised pupils, a continuous finely ridged brow, and large ears with pendulous lobes, Shiva’s crown is intricate and finely incised with a top boarder of tongues and a latticed foliate band centered by the beaded borders. It is elaborately knotted in the back, above the nape of the neck. The vertical spiral tresses of hair are arranged into a tiered conical usnisa compose of carved bands of lotus petals. The usnisa is surmounted by a bud shaped cintamani.
Originally, this head was attached to a torso, no other fractures or damage. Signs of weathering, patination and mineral deposits.
Originally purchased in the late 1960’s from a private collection and was reviewed and authenticated by a subject expert.
Height without base 15” and 20.25” including the base; width 10.5 “, depth 9.5”, weight 49 pounds.