Antique 18th Century Khmer Stone Vishnu & Lakshmi Statue - 83cm/33"
Measures (Height) 83cm/33"
Ca. 18th century torso, in the Angkor Wat style, depicting both Vishnu and Lakshmi. Half of the torso represents Vishnu and the other Lakshmi. A very unusual piece. Vishnu is both world protector and preserver, restorer of moral order - he is all-powerful and all-pervasive by nature. 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. Both arms are broken off at shoulder level, so there are no remaining hand-held attributes. Vishnu is clothed in a pleated sampot can kpin enhanced by a double fishtail panel in front.
A patterned scarf around the hips completes the ensemble. Lakshmi is clothed in a long pleated sampot, with an over fold and a plain cloth sash arranged in a tenth century style. The lower edge of the central pleat opens into an oblique ornate fishtail, in front, typical of the Angkor Wat style. The knot that fastens the diadem is the same kind of knot used to tie the diadem on other Angkor Wat style pieces. Except for the diadem and conical chignon cover, the figure is unadorned but may have been enhanced by real jewellery originally, during sacred ceremonies.
The ears are carved with the typical Khmer tripartite scalloping of the inner rim. The traditional beauty lines on her neck emphasise her femininity. The face displays rimmed lips, half moustache representing Vishnu, rimmed and slightly bulging open eyes, and eyebrows that form one continuous ridge across the forehead.
The torso is loose mounted on a wood base (later). The perfect traditional in appearance Vishnu to bring serenity and timeless style to you home, office or sacred space.
Christie's Auction House - Sale 13482 (May 2016) - The Dani & Anna Ghigo Collection
Sotherby's - September 2005 - INDIAN & SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART
New York Metropolitan Museum Collection - Accession Number: 1984.128a, b
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