Antique Khmer Style Banteay Srei Prajnaparamita Statue / Devi or Goddess - 72cm/29"
Measures (Height) 72cm/29"
Antique Khmer style Prajnaparamita, devi or Goddess statue in the late 10th century Banteay Srei style. Perfect for those seeking both beauty and wisdom. Prajnaparamita stands on a simple wood block.
She is clothed in a simple, long pleated sampot and belt, with tiny curvy folds at the hem. This is typical of the Banteay Srei style. Her hair is tied with a bead band into a rounded and complex chignon with a lotus flower on top.
The presence of a third eye is an unusual feature for a Bodhisattva image but frequently occurs in Khmer sculpture as an addiitonal sign of purity. The figure is beautifully lost wax cast with superb details. The inner rims of the ears are scalloped and three indented beauty lines mark the neck.
The fingernails are described with indented lines. On the front of her Chignon can be seen a seated Amitabha Buddha. This detail permits this image to be identified as Prajnaparamita, who symbolises the perfection of Wisdom and was considered the mother of all Buddhas.
Prajnaparamita was greatly revered by the Khmer during the tenth century and was the only Buddist Goddess praised in contemporary Khmer inscriptions.
Each of her fours hands are held in the dharmachakra mudra. In sanskrit dharmachakra means the 'Wheel of Dharma'.
This mudra symbolises one of the most important moments in the life of Buddha, the occasion when he preached to his companions the first sermon after his Enlightenment in the Deer Park at Sarnath. It therefore denotes the setting into motion of the Wheel of the teaching of the Dharma. In this mudra the thumb and index finger touch at their tips to form a circle. This circle represents the Wheel of Dharma, or in metaphysical terms, the union of method and wisdom.
The azure patina and details of this piece are particularly appealing. This traditional in appearance piece is sure to add a unique touch to any room of your home or workplace.
One of the most recognizable of the Asian deities this representation of the consort of Vishnu is sure to enlighten your home with endlessly timeless style.
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