17th Century Antique Baphuon Style Sandstone Vishnu Torso - 120cm/47"
Measurements - Height 120cm/47"
Ca. 17th century Baphuon style Khmer sandstone Vishnu Torso.The divine Hindu preserver and protector of human life, a role that provided natural analogies with earthly kingship for the Khmer.
The Vishnu torso has a slender waist, broad hips and shoulders, wearing a vertically striated sampot high at the back curving steeply in the front to below the navel, bound by a plain belt tied with the end hanging down onto the left thigh and pulled up under the belt with two curled ends just below the navel, the fabric pulled between the legs and wrapped around the belt at the back, the pleated ends forming a 'butterfly wing' shape.
The Vishnu torso is mounted on a wood base (later). The torso measures 98cm / 39" excluding wood stand.
Provenance: Ex- private US Collection. Acquired in late 60s whilst travelling in SE Asia. All items are guaranteed to be as described. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all purchases upon request.
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