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Fine 12th C. Khmer Stone Female Bust

Lot 0165 Details

Description
Southeast Asia, Cambodia, Khmer Empire (Angkor culture), ca. 12th century CE. A gorgeous sculpture of a female bust, skillfully carved from gray stone. The elegant example displays wide, square shoulders, perky breasts, and a slender torso, all presenting with excellent posture. This sculpture may represent Jayarajadevi, the first queen consort of the Khmer emperor King Jayavarman VII, depicted as the female bodhisattva Tara, also known as the "mother of liberation," and associated with virtues of success in work and achievements. Size: 8.5" W x 4.75" H (21.6 cm x 12.1 cm); 9.75" H (24.8 cm) on included custom stand.

Khmer art moved away from Indian styles in the 7th century CE to encompass its own framework; one example of this seen here is that this statue is carved in the round, rather than as a relief on a stela, which was common with Indian and Javanese Hindu and Buddhist sculptures that were previously influencing Cambodian art. Some scholars believe that gods and goddesses were portrayed with the features of individual members of the royal court, just as this piece likely represents Jayarajadevi as Tara. This sculpture and others like it would have both emphasized the power of the monarchy and given high ranking people joy - after all, who would not want to see themselves sculpted by the finest artisans in stone, compared to a god or goddess?

This piece has been searched against the Art Loss Register database and has been cleared. The Art Loss Register maintains the world’s largest database of stolen art, collectibles, and antiques.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private Cheshire, England collection from the 1980s

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

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Condition
Collection labels on base. Fragment of a larger piece. Some surface wear with abrasions, commensurate with age. Otherwise, very nice. Stable fissure to verso of modern stand.
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Fine 12th C. Khmer Stone Female Bust

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Lot 0165 Details

Description
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Southeast Asia, Cambodia, Khmer Empire (Angkor culture), ca. 12th century CE. A gorgeous sculpture of a female bust, skillfully carved from gray stone. The elegant example displays wide, square shoulders, perky breasts, and a slender torso, all presenting with excellent posture. This sculpture may represent Jayarajadevi, the first queen consort of the Khmer emperor King Jayavarman VII, depicted as the female bodhisattva Tara, also known as the "mother of liberation," and associated with virtues of success in work and achievements. Size: 8.5" W x 4.75" H (21.6 cm x 12.1 cm); 9.75" H (24.8 cm) on included custom stand.

Khmer art moved away from Indian styles in the 7th century CE to encompass its own framework; one example of this seen here is that this statue is carved in the round, rather than as a relief on a stela, which was common with Indian and Javanese Hindu and Buddhist sculptures that were previously influencing Cambodian art. Some scholars believe that gods and goddesses were portrayed with the features of individual members of the royal court, just as this piece likely represents Jayarajadevi as Tara. This sculpture and others like it would have both emphasized the power of the monarchy and given high ranking people joy - after all, who would not want to see themselves sculpted by the finest artisans in stone, compared to a god or goddess?

This piece has been searched against the Art Loss Register database and has been cleared. The Art Loss Register maintains the world’s largest database of stolen art, collectibles, and antiques.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private Cheshire, England collection from the 1980s

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#166786
Condition
...
Collection labels on base. Fragment of a larger piece. Some surface wear with abrasions, commensurate with age. Otherwise, very nice. Stable fissure to verso of modern stand.

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