Antique Baphuon Style Khmer Stone Shiva Torso - The Destroyer - 124cm/50"
Measures (Height) 124cm/50"
An elegant four armed antique Baphuon style Cambodian Shiva.
The power emanating from this compelling Shiva image characterises the Baphuon style.
As is typical with this style the Shiva has a soft face with minimal adornments. Sadly, the feet and base are lost (although the leg reinforcements can still be seen at the base).
Although, the arms are broken and there are no hands to hold attributes, Shiva is identified by the third eye carved on his forehead. The head of the sculpture is in the Banteay Srei style and may originally have been dedicated to the god Vishnu, with the image being altered at a later date.
The inner rims of the ears display the characteristic tripart scalloped treatment. One lobe is broken off.
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 earlobe. As with the rest of the sculpture the face is highly polished to reveal a smooth, deep brown patina.
The ornate carving of the diadem provides a delightful contrast with the smooth facial features. A conical two tier chignon-cover surmounts the head and is surrounded by a diadem tied in the back with a bow knot, typical of the Banteay Srei period.
He is clothed in a sampot can kpin with a gracefully scalloped pocket on the left thigh and a scarf tie on his right hip. One end of the sampot forms a curvy two winged bow at the back, typical of the Baphuon period.
Shiva is unadorned and presumably was honoured with real jewellery during feast days and ceremonies.
The Shiva embodies authority with its iconic downcast gaze and large unexpressive face. The general silhouette is heavier. Each detail is rendered perfectly. The features suggest the prana, or inner breath, that signifies superhuman power.
The figure is presented in its unrepaired condition as found, elegantly modelled from a solid block of stone, similar in appearance to marble and not sandstone as might be expected.
As with other 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.
The power of Shiva is limitless, transcendent and unchanging as he removes all evil from the world. For the devotee Shiva offers protection, guidance and a sense of belonging. Shiva is also regarded as the patron god of yoga, meditation and arts.
The Shiva is mounted on wood (later).
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 Shiva is sure to enlighten your home with endlessly timeless style.
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