Antique Baphuon Style Stone Lakshmi / Devi Consort of Vishnu Head - 78cm/31"
Measures (Height) 78cm/31"
An antique Baphuon style Lakshmi, devi or Goddess head from Cambodia.
A superb antique Baphuon style hand-carved Khmer Sandstone Deity Figure, of Lakshmi, stylistically and iconographically executed in traditional 'Baphuon' style, from Khmer mythology.
The figure is presented as found, elegantly modelled from a solid block of black hardstone. As with images from this period, the ornamentation reflects a perfect mastery of sculpting and fluidity. Facial features of the statue retain characteristics of the previous Banteay Srei style, but appear more delicate.
The deity is masterfully modelled in realistic human form, standing in a strong frontal posture mounted on a wood base. As is traditional, Lakshmi wears a long stylized sampot worn high on the hips, secured by a plain belt. The face appears typically Khmer, with a serene expression, incised almond-shaped eyes, connected eyebrows above a well-shaped broad nose, wide plump mouth and elongated earlobes. Three beauty lines grace Lakshmi's neck.
Typical of the period, no tiaras or jewellery, decorates the sculpture. The hair is drawn onto the top of the head to form a bulb shaped-chignon, held in place by a worked gold chain or a garland of flowers. This is characteristic of the style. Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), light, wisdom, fortune, fertility, generosity and courage.
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.
The patina and details of this piece are particularly appealing.
The torso has been loose mounted on a wood plinth (later). Secured by the sculptures original pointed stone locator at the base of the sculpture.
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.
Provenance: Private London Collection. All items are guaranteed to be as described. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all purchases upon request.
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