Antique Banteay Srei Style Stone Mounted Khmer Vishnu Head - 56cm / 22"
Measures - (Height) 56cm/22"
Antique Khmer style mounted stone Vishnu head in the pre-Angkorian style of Banteay Srei. Vishnu is both world protector and preserver, restorer of moral order - he is all-powerful and all-pervasive by nature.
The Bantreay Srei style developed at the same time as the Pre Rup style and overlaps that of the Kleang.
It uses and develops the formulas of the Koh Ker style, the headdress with horizontal tresses and the conical mukuta. The moustache is also kept, but in a more discreet way. The fullness of the forms give the face a softness which accentuates the eyes opened wide, and the fleshy and sensual lips. The anatomy shows a strong sense of observation. The overall silhouette is elegant and a reminder of the Pre Angkorian Art.
Generally, the statues are small in size, but in scale with the temple, a feeling of elegance and softness is given off by the whole.
The Vishnu has perfect balance and proportions which are the key to a fine Vishnu sculpture. The patina and details of this piece are particularly appealing. The statue is mounted on a wood base.
Provenance: Ex- private UK collection.
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