An antique Angkor Wat style stone standing Vishnu torso. Vishnu is both world protector and preserver, restorer of moral order - he is all-powerful and all-pervasive by nature.Â
The sculpture embodies authority with its iconic downcast gaze and large unexpressive face.Â The general silhouette is heavier.Â The carving is beautiful as you can see in the fine details of the face.Â Each detail is rendered perfectly.Â The features suggest the prana, or inner breath, that signifies superhuman power. Â TheÂ figure isÂ clad inÂ traditional Khmer Dhoti.
The art of Angkor Wat is in many ways in opposition to that of the preceding BaphuonÂ style. The style is a return to frontality andÂ hieratism. TheÂ shoulders are larger, the torso swells to a heavy and conventional shape evoking the aesthetic of the early tenth century;Â affirming aÂ hieratism without moderation. Yet theÂ sculpture is not submitted to strictÂ iconographic norms, the statue loses stiffness and becomes more human.Â
TheÂ sculptureÂ is a free standing form, in the round. It is clear that the artist anticipated this sculpture being enjoyed from all sides.
The Vishnu is loose mounted on a wood base (later).Â
Provenance: Ex- private Singapore Collection.
Provenance: Private Singapore Collection
Dimensions: 95cm / 38”
General Condition: Good condition. Consistent with age.