Vishnu Sculpture - Antique Angkor Wat Style Stone Mounted Vishnu Statue - 95cm / 38"
Measures – (Height) 95cm/38”
An antique Angkor Wat style Khmer Vishnu torso. The sculpture is in 12th century Angkor Wat style.
This muscular image of Vishnu is depicted samabhanga stood mounted on a wood base (later). The image is carved in the round with the back as carefully carved as the front.
Vishnu is clothed in a pleated sampot can kpin, with a butterfly bow behind that has been naturalistically represented to accommodate the pose. The artist's ingenuity is particularly noticeable in the way both legs visibly demonstrate the weight of Vishnu bearing down on them.
His jatamukuta (crown of hair) leads to a tall ushnisha, in the Angkor Wat style, symbolizing his high level of spiritual development.
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. Generally, the sculpture demonstrates a feeling of elegance and softness. The image radiates an aloofness, the quiet power of Vishnu and the sensuality typical of the Angkor Wat period.
It uses and develops the formulas of the Koh Ker style, the headdress with horizontal tresses and the conical mukuta. The fullness of the forms give the face a softness which accentuates the almost downcast eyes, and the fleshy and sensual lips. The face shows a strong sense of observation. The overall silhouette is elegant and a reminder of the Pre Angkorian Art.
The ornate carving of the diadem provides a delightful contrast with the smooth, polished stone, facial features. The inner rims of the ears display the characteristic tripart scalloped treatment. The lobes hang low, stretched from a youth spent as a prince wearing heavy gold earrings. The face is defined by slightly arched eyebrows, full rimmed lips, wide open rimmed eyes and an aquiline nose.
In the Angkor Wat style the moustache of Vishnu is clearly visible. The fullness of the forms give the face a softness which accentuates the almost downcast eyes, and the fleshy and sensual lips. The anatomy also demonstrates a strong sense of observation.
Provenance: Ex- private London collection.
Christie's Auction House - Sale 3716 (March 2015) - INDIAN, HIMALAYAN AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART
The sculpture is mounted on a wood base (later). For ease of transport the sculpture will be wood crated before shipping.
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