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A DEITY VISHNU PHNOM DA

 

Cambodia
Phnom Da
8th Century
Hard Sandstone

 

This Vishnu portrayed with eight arms to celebrate his universal majesty, Vishnu is wearing a diaphanous Sampot wound tightly around his waist in a very realistic way. The oldest period, described as the pre-Angkor period, features an anatomical realism which was later lost in the classical period, and which was aesthetically superior to it. The face is wide, with arched eyebrows set close together, the miter tends to cover the whole head and frames the ears, forming a sort of nape guard . The Sampot passed between the legs are unpleated or have faintly drawn radiating pleats, and are knotted at the hip and at the center so that the free edges form an anchor shape. The bow supporting the head and arms demonstrate that the sculptor had little faith in the stability of the statue.

 

Height: 37" = 94cm
Width: 18.1" = 46cm

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