Antique Khmer Style Standing Bronze Hayagriva Horse Kalkin Statue of Vishnu - 56cm/22"
Measurements H 56cm/22"
An antique Angkor Wat style Khmer bronze 4-arm sculpture of Hayagriva or Kalkin. Kalkin, literally having or being a horse is the future world savior understood as the tenth avatar of Vishnu, who will return at the end of the next kaliyuga to judge mankind.
He is worshipped as the God of knowledge and wisdom, with a human body and a horse's head.
Symbolically, the story represents the triumph of pure knowledge, guided by the hand of God, over the demonic forces of passion and darkness. Kalki or Kalkin is often referred to as the destroyer of foulness or the destroyer of darkness.
Here Kalkin holds his Chakra, Padma (lotus bud), Panchajanya (Conch shell) and Kaumodaki (Gada or mace). The Gada – a symbol of strength – was a common weapon for hand-to-hand combat and was regarded as the strongest of weapons. The mace is the destroyer of all opponents.
The intricate detail, patina and design of this piece are particularly appealing.
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The Walking Buddha is a rare depiction and one of the least common positions of the Buddha as he is shown in physical motion. It is often said that he is travelling to or from Heaven in order to deliver a sermon.
As one of the main teachings of Buddha is to reject material attachments, this statue encourages the recognition of internal beauty and grace.