Antique Khmer Style Stone Koh Ker Standing Vishnu Statue - 52cm/21"
Measurements - Height 52cm/21"
An antique 10th century Koh Ker style Stone Vishnu sculpture. Vishnu is both world protector and preserver, restorer of moral order - he is all-powerful and all-pervasive by nature.
The power emanating from this compelling Vishnu image truly characterises the beautiful Koh Ker style.
Here, Vishnu is stood samabhanga on a simple pedestal in his four armed form.
The four-armed form of Vishnu represents his omnipotence and multifaceted nature. Each attribute he holds exemplifies a different aspect of his divine character: creation, preservation, destruction of evil, and spiritual liberation. This form reinforces the idea that Lord Vishnu is the ultimate protector and preserver of the cosmos, ensuring its continued existence and balance.
Understanding what Vishnu holds in his hands provides insights into his divine qualities and significance in Hindu theology.
1. The Conch (Shankha):
Lord Vishnu can hold a conch shell, known as the Shankha. The Shankha symbolizes the primordial sound of creation, Om, from which the universe emerged. When blown, the conch produces a resonant sound that is believed to dispel negativity and create positive vibrations, signifying the creation and preservation of the cosmos. It also serves as a call to awaken spiritual seekers from their ignorance and guide them towards the path of righteousness.
2. The Discus (Chakra):
Vishnu may also wield a chakra, a circular spinning weapon. This discus, often referred to as the Sudarshana Chakra, represents the cycle of time, the eternal nature of the universe, and the destructive power of divine justice. It symbolizes the ability of Lord Vishnu to remove obstacles, protect his devotees, and maintain cosmic order by eliminating evil and unrighteousness.
3. A Pinda
The lower right hand holds a Pinda. This is typically formed of rice or barley.
4. Dharmachakra or Teaching Mudra
The lower left hand is held in the Teaching position, also known as the Vitarka or Dharmachakra Mudra. This iconic representation carries profound meaning and symbolism within the context of Hindu philosophy and practice.
As is typical with this style, Vishnu has a soft face and is adorned with scalloped elongated ears.
The face has eyebrows described by a continuous ridged line, aquiline nose , rimmed lips, three beauty lines on the neck and wide open eyes. The inner rims of the ears are scalloped, in classic Khmer style.
His tiara or mukuta is also richly decorated. A tradition that continued to develop in Cambodia from the 9th century to the post-Angkor period. Horizontal rows of braided hair form a high cylindrical jatamukuta that is surrounded by a diadem tied in back.
Vishnu is clothed in a low cut sampot can kpin that dips below the navel with graceful folds below the belt, and the piece that passes through the legs forms a jaunty bow in the back. The is a typical feature of early 11th century Baphuon style. A sad worn over the sampot can kpin is tied on the right hip.
The Vishnu has perfect balance and proportions which are the key to a fine Vishnu sculpture. The casting is beautiful as you can see in the fine details of the face and hands. Each detail is rendered perfectly.The patina and details of this piece are particularly appealing.
The perfect traditional in appearance Vishnu to bring serenity and timeless style to you home, office or sacred space.
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