Antique Baphuon Style Lakshmi / Female Deity Head - 33cm/13"
Measures (Height) 33cm/13"
A beautiful and serene antique Baphuon style (pre-Angkorian period of the third quarter of the eleventh century) female image from Cambodia.
The head probably represents Lakshmi or possibly Uma; the consorts of Vishnu and Shiva. Whoever she is the figure radiates a quiet subtle sensuality that is characteristic of the Baphuon style Khmer sculpture, a quality unequalled in other Southeast Asia cultures.
This classic Baphuon style female deity has her hair gathered into a dome shaped chignon on top of her head, held in place by a band of beads. The top of her chignon is decorated with the lotus flower. Arched eyebrows, open eyes, tripartite scalloped inner-ear rims, incised beauty lines on her neck and a full sensuous mouth characterize her face.
Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), light, wisdom, fortune, fertility, generosity and courage. The embodiment of beauty, grace and charm. Also called Mahalakshmi, she is said to bring good luck, and is believed to protect her devotees from all kinds of misery and money-related sorrows.
The large ushnisha on top of her head promotes the energy of meditation, deep contemplation and unity with higher energy.
San Francisco Asian Art Museum - Object Number: B66S3
The patina and details of this piece are particularly appealing. The head has been loose mounted on a wood plinth (later).
This traditional in appearance piece is sure to add a unique touch to any room of your home or workplace.
One of the most recognizable of the Asian deities this representation of the consort of Vishnu is sure to enlighten your home with endlessly timeless style.
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