Antique Pre-Angkor Style Phnom Kulen Bronze Durga Statue - 52cm/21"
Measures (Height) 52cm/21"
An antique Pre-Angkor style Phnom Da Durga standing in Samapada.
Durga the Goddess famous for killing the buffalo-demon, Mahishasura. A similar sandstone sculpture to this resides in the National Museum in Phnom Penh and is adjudged one of the most important early pre-Angkor period Khmer sacred images. In many ways Durga is a female version of Vishnu, an associated reinforced here by her cylindrical miter, a traditional Vishnu attribute.
Her origin in Indian religion is complex and stresses her relationship to Vishnu more than to Parvati, the consort of Shiva.
The four armed Durga is shown standing in a relaxed pose with triple flexion on a small rectangular bronze base. Her raised arms display her special attributes. She holds a small circular shield in her upper left hand and a dagger with a faceted blade in her upper right hand, symbolising her prowess in battle.
Durga is clothed in a tall cyndrincal miter and a long clinging sampot with a gracefully looped and knotted fold depicted in a style that Boisselier dated to the late seventh century or eight century. This Durga image depicts none of the violence of the Goddess's defeat of the demon, frequently portrayed in other Southeast Asian cultures. Instead, she is depicted as a lovely young woman, supremely confident in her achievements.
Her beauty and sensuality, such as the prominent beauty lines that embrace the lower portions of her breasts, display the major characteristics of pre-Angkor period Khmer feminine beauty.
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