Antique Khmer Style Mounted Stone Shiva - The Destroyer - 50cm/20"
Measures - (Height) 50cm/20"
An antique Khmer style Cambodian Shiva. The power emanating from this compelling Shiva image characterises Khmer style at its very best. As is typical with the Khmer style the Shiva has a soft face displaying the talents of a master craftsman.
The features suggest the prana, or inner breath, that signifies superhuman power. The figure is presented in its un-repaired condition as found, elegantly modelled from a solid block of sandstone.
As with images from this post-Angkor period, the ornamentation reflects a perfect mastery of sculpting and fluidity. Facial features of the statue retain characteristics of the previous styles, but appear more delicate. The deity is masterfully modelled in realistic human form.
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. 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. This is characteristic of the style.
The forehead depicts the Unalome. Variously described as representing the 'third eye' and the path to nirvana. In short, the Unalome symbol represents the path to freedom, spiritual awakening, and contentment. Unalome symbolizes our spiritual and life path and reminds us that our journey will not be quick or straightforward, but we must stay focused on our goal.
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.
Provenance: Ex- private Singapore Collection. All items are guaranteed to be as described. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all purchases upon request.
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.
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