Antique Phnom Kulen Style Hari Hari or Vishnu Statue - 64cm/26"
Measures (Height) 64cm/26"
An antique Phnom Kulen style bronze Hari Hari or Vishnu statue.
Vishnu is both world protector and preserver, restorer of moral order - he is all-powerful and all-pervasive by nature. This style corresponds to the first half of the ninth century and the reign of Jayavarman II. It also marks a turning point in the evolution of the artistic imagery and prepares for the transformation towards classic Angkorian art.
The elegant silhouette of the sculpture expresses the vigour, force and power of the God. The face, large and calm shows a continuous and assertive eyebrow line. The moustache is well defined.
The tall, cylindrical miter on his head symbolises the deity's exalted status. Three rows of stylised curls shown below the lower back of the miter at the nape of the neck are indicative pf the early-ninth century date suggested for this figure. The almond-shaped eyes are wide open with incised circular pupils, the tips of the moustache curl down, and an incised inner liner marks the lips.
The elongated earlobes are also a typical feature of late eighth and early ninth century Vishnu figures. The Vishnu is stood on a wood block. Phnom Kulen art was able to preserve and expand upon the character of force and the beauty of the masterpiece of the 6th and 7th centuries.
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