Antique Koh Ker Style Khmer Stone Shiva - The Destroyer - 54cm/22"
Measures (Height) 54cm/22"
An antique Koh Ker style Cambodian Shiva. The power emanating from this compelling Shiva image truly characterises the beautiful Koh Ker style.
As is typical with this style the Shiva has a soft face and is adorned with scalloped elongated earrings. This handsome head is identified by the third eye marking his forehead.
The face has eyebrows described by a continuous ridged line, a moustache, a beard, rimmed lips and wide open eyes. The inner rims of the ears are scalloped, in classic Khmer style.
His tiara or mukuta is also richly decorated. A tradition that continued to develop in Cambodia from the 9th century to the post-Angkor period.
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.
As the destroyer, Shiva is regarded as limitless, transcendent and unchanging. Shiva is also regarded as the patron god of yoga, meditation and arts The Shiva is mounted on wood (later).
The head is mounted on a wood base (later).
Provenance: Private London Collection. All items are guaranteed to be as described. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all purchases upon request.
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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The Bayon Temple, with its mesmerizing stone faces, intricate carvings, and profound historical significance, stands as a testament to the artistic and cultural achievements of the Khmer civilization.
It is not just a remarkable architectural marvel but also a symbol of Cambodia's rich heritage and spiritual traditions.