Antique Khmer Style Bronze Bayon Style Vishnu Statue - 63cm/25"
Measures (Height) 63cm/25"
An antique Khmer style Bayon style Vishnu statue.
Vishnu is stood in sambhanga on lotus leaf pedestal. The lotus flower represents purity, compassion and the giving of great joy to all.
Vishnu is clad in a short sampot with fishtail pleat and jewelled sash, the face with wide features surmounted by a cylindrical headdress. Here Vishnu, as the protector and preserver, is holding a chakra discus and conch shell. He also holds in his lower left hand his gada or mace symbolising his mental and physical strength.
His softly contoured face with indigenous characteristic has a serene downcast expression, with heavy-lidded eyes, arched eyebrows carved in relief meet in the middle above a well-shaped broad nose, and wide lips with an insipid smile are framed by a second incised line.
The head is surmounted by a large ushnisha, enhanced by a cylindrical-shaped 'Chignon' style topknot, in the Bayon style. This traditional in appearance piece is sure to add a unique touch to any room of your home or workplace.
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A deity of contradictions, Shiva the Destroyer, has a tumultuous history which is reflective of his many responsibilities and characterisations. His importance over the universe, but also his personality, make him a popular choice in Hindu art.