Antique Preah-Ko Style Bronze Vishnu Head - Protector & Preserver - 21cm/8"
Measures (Height) 21cm/8"
An antique Preah-Ko Style mounted bronze Vishnu Head.
The Vishnu embodies authority with its iconic downcast gaze and large unexpressive face. The general silhouette is heavier. With the Preah-Ko style the tiara and the chignon headdress become consistent and announce Angkorian Art. All features that suggest the prana, or inner breath, that signifies superhuman power. Vishnu is both world protector and preserver, restorer of moral order - he is all-powerful and all-pervasive by nature.
The mitre worn by pre-Angkorian Vishnu figures evolved into a multi-tiered pagoda shaped headdress bounded by an elaborate diadem comprising two registers, lozenges in the lower and alternating stems and petals in the upper. The features of Vishnu demonstrate a prominent nose, jutting lower lip and firm chin. The Vishnu has perfect balance and proportions which are the key to a fine Vishnu sculpture.
The casting is beautiful as you can see in the fine details of the face. Each detail is rendered perfectly. The details of this piece are particularly appealing.
The Vishnu is mounted on a wood base.
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Kalkin, the future avatar of Lord Vishnu, holds a special place in Hinduism as the harbinger of hope and the ultimate savior.
His prophesied role as a warrior who will restore cosmic balance and righteousness resonates with believers, emphasizing the enduring importance of dharma and ethical conduct in the face of moral decline.