Antique Khmer Style Bronze Standing Vishnu Statue - Protector - 54cm/22"
Measurements - Height 54cm/22"
Antique Khmer style bronze standing Phnom Da, 9th century style, pre-Angkor Vishnu sculpture, from HD Asian Art. Vishnu is both world protector and preserver, restorer of moral order - he is all-powerful and all-pervasive by nature.
Vishnu is clad in a short sampot with Phnom Da style crossed belt and sash. The face with round features surmounted by tightly curled hair. Here Vishnu, as the protector and preserver, is holding a chakra discus and conch shell. He also holds in his lower left hand his gada or mace symbolising his mental and physical strength.
His softly contoured face with indigenous characteristic has a serene downcast expression, with heavy-lidded eyes, arched eyebrows carved in relief meet in the middle above a well-shaped broad nose, and wide lips with an insipid smile are framed by a second incised line.
This traditional in appearance piece is sure to add a unique touch to any room of your home or workplace.
The Vishnu has perfect balance and proportions which are the key to a fine Vishnu sculpture. The casting is beautiful as you can see in the fine details of the face and hands. Each detail is rendered perfectly.The patina and details of this piece are particularly appealing.
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A deity of contradictions, Shiva the Destroyer, has a tumultuous history which is reflective of his many responsibilities and characterisations. His importance over the universe, but also his personality, make him a popular choice in Hindu art.