Antique Khmer Style Bronze Post-Bayon Ardhaparyanka Shiva - 10 Arms - 70cm/28"
Measures (Height) 70cm/28"
An antique Khmer style Ardhaparyanka Shiva. A multi-armed Shiva in an exaggerated dancing ardhaparyanka pose characteristic of numerous Tantric deities, such as Hevajra. This suggests that the deity had a Tantric aspect for the Khmer, especially following the Angkor Vat and Bayon periods.
This Shiva image stands on a round bronze lotus leaf base. His hair is arranged in a cylindrical jata adorned with the symbol Om in raised relief.
The deity is clothed in a long sampot can kpin with a scarf ending in a double pleated panel in front. The style of the sampot can kpin represents a later-thirteenth century revival of the Angkor Wat style. Shiva is adorned with a diadem, earrings, armbands, bracelets, anklets, a pectoral with pendants at the back and a belt with marching pendants.
The symbol Om is the most sacred mantra. The presence of the symbol Om suggests that this may be an image of Shiva as a yogin master.
As the destroyer, Shiva is regarded as limitless, transcendent and unchanging. Shiva is also regarded as the patron god of yoga, meditation and arts. Please contact us for high resolution images of the piece. A very unusual pose for Shiva but a lovely piece with beautiful detail and patina.
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