Antique Khmer Style Koh Ker Stone Lakshmi or Uma Sculpture - 96cm/38"
Measures (Height) 96cm/38"
An antique Koh Ker style sandstone standing female deity probably representing Lakshmi (wife of Vishnu) or Uma (Parvati, wife of Shiva) from Cambodia, in pre-Angkor 10th century Koh Ker style.
Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), light, wisdom, fortune, fertility, generosity and courage. Wife of Vishnu. The embodiment of beauty, grace and charm. Also called Mahalakshmi, she is said to bring good luck, and is believed to protect her devotees from all kinds of misery and money-related sorrows.
Uma or Parvati is the Hindu goddess of fertility, love and devotion; as well as of divine strength and power. She is the wife of Shiva.
She has the typical full breasts, narrow waist, broad hips and long, simply pleated sampot that are associated with female figures created in the Koh Ker style.
This lovely female deity is clothed in a pleated sampot that sits just below the navel and has its upper edge folded over. The garment falls gracefully to the ankles where it flares out slightly in classic Koh Ker style.
The hands are held in the classic Teaching pose.
Horizontol rows of braided hair form a high cylindrical jatamukuta that is surrounded by a diadem tied at the back. Indented beauty lines mark the neck and the area below the breasts, but otherwise the figure is unadorned.
Historically, sculptures such as this would have been adorned with real jewellery. A similar image can be seen in Prasat Thom, the royal temple of Koh Ker. Female figures in the Koh Ker style are quite rare.
The specific Goddess is difficult to determine as there no identifying handheld attributes, but this figure must represent Lakshmi or Uma, the two Brahmanic Goddesses favoured by the Khmer at this time.
However, since Jayavarman IV, the major influencer of the Koh Ker period, favoured Shiva, this female image is probably Uma (Parvati). Shiva's consort. In addition, her chignon resembles the matted chignon usually associated with Shiva in his ascetic guise.
The patina and details of this piece are particularly appealing.
The deity is loose mounted on a wood base with supports to the feet still visible to the rear of the piece.
To aid with safe transportation the sculpture will be wood crated for shipping.
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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A deity of contradictions, Shiva the Destroyer, has a tumultuous history which is reflective of his many responsibilities and characterisations. His importance over the universe, but also his personality, make him a popular choice in Hindu art.