**Originally Listed At $700**
Southeast Asia, Cambodia, Khmer Empire (Angkor culture), ca. 12th century CE. A fantastic cast bronze statuette of a devi (also known as a devata or aspara), which means female goddess in Sanskrit, standing on a tall iron pedestal. She wears a skirt (traditional Khmer clothing called a sampot) with tight pleats and a thick belt whose ornate style gives the impression of embroidery, as well as a large necklace, armlets, earrings, and a headdress topped with a round bun; perhaps her hair is in the style known as bokor (the "hump of the bull") that is seen on other Khmer statues. Her face is classically Khmer, expressive and sensual, with pronounced lips. Every detail of her clothing and ornament is richly depicted. Depictions of devi were made by the Khmer to show the highest level of beauty; her small, round breasts, large eyes and mouth, long earlobes, and youthful body would have all been ideals. Size: 1.75" W x 5.55" H (4.4 cm x 14.1 cm)
Provenance: private S.S. collection, Los Angeles, California, USA
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