Antique Koh Ker Style Stone Mounted Khmer Vishnu Head - 28cm / 11"
Measures - (Height) 28cm/11"
An antique 10th century Koh Ker style stone Vishnu sculpture. Vishnu is both world protector and preserver, restorer of moral order - he is all-powerful and all-pervasive by nature.
The power emanating from this compelling Vishnu image characterises Koh Ker style.
The features of Vishnu demonstrate a prominent nose, jutting lower lip and firm chin. This is typical of the Koh Ker style.
Probably an idealised portrait of King Jayavarman IV who implied that his rule was divinely sanctioned through association with both Vishnu and Shiva iconography.
As is typical with this style the Vishnu has a soft face and is adorned with elaborate earrings. His tiara or mukuta is also richly decorated. A tradition that continued to develop in Cambodia from the 10th century to the post-Angkor period.
The Vishnu is loose mounted on a wood base (later).
Provenance: Ex- private UK collection. All items are guaranteed to be as described. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all purchases upon request.
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