Antique Khmer Angkor Wat Style Stone Lakshmi Torso (probably) -68cm/27"
Measures - (Height) 68cm/27"
An antique Angkor Wat style Lakshmi (probably), devi or Goddess torso from Cambodia. This standing devata (possibly Lakshmi) is a classic example of Angkor Wat style sculpture, as produced during the first half of the twelfth century.
The Devi stands stands solidly samabhanga. She is clothed in a pleated sampot with a down turned edge at the waist. The lower edge of the central pleat opens into an oblique ornate fishtail in front, typical of the Angkor Wat style. The style is distinctly archaistic, reflecting tenth and eleventh century drapery conventions.
The statue is probably of Lakshmi and is certainly in the Angkor Wat style. However, the sculpture could be of another female Devi or deity given that the figure is clad in a traditional Khmer Dhoti.
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 art of Angkor Wat is in many ways in opposition to that of the preceding Baphuon style. The style is a return to frontality and hieratism. The shoulders are larger, the torsos (often naked), swell to a heavy and conventional shape evoking the aesthetic of the early tenth century; affirming a hieratism without moderation. Yet the sculpture is not submitted to strict iconographic norms, the statue loses her stiffness and becomes more human.
The sculpture is a free standing form, in the round. It is clear that the artist anticipated this sculpture being enjoyed from all sides.
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