An important sandstone figure of a four-armed Vishnu Khmer, pre-Angkor Period, 7th/8th century
Lot 249
An important sandstone figure of a four-armed Vishnu Cambodia, Khmer, pre-Angkor Period, 7th/8th Century
Sold for £20,000 (US$ 33,616) inc. premium
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An important sandstone figure of a four-armed Vishnu
Cambodia, Khmer, pre-Angkor Period, 7th/8th Century
standing dynamic and powerful on a rectangular pedestal and wearing a cylindrical mitre headdress, the face meditative and smiling serenely, the contours of his lower body visible beneath a diaphanous ankle-length sampot, its folds delineated by faintly incised lines, with a long central sash hanging down between his legs. 88.5cm. high overall

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Japanese private collection.

    Vishnu, together with Brahma and Shiva, is one of the members of the Hindu trimurti (Sanskrit 'triple form'). Vishnu becomes incarnate in different divine forms (avatars) from age to age in order to preserve the world.

    For a related image, attributed to the Mekong Delta, see Emma Bunker and Douglas Latchford, Adoration and Glory: The Golden Age of Khmer Art, Chicago 2004, pl. 10.
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