A copper alloy figure of Visvakarman
Thailand, 13th/14th Century
Defined by the adze held in his right hand, the celestial architect faces frontal kneeling on a simple block platform. His long torso is adorned with a short, pleated sampot which folds down into his lap and is adorned with rosettes at the back.
Three lines incised across his abdomen are revealed, indicating folds of the flesh similar to those found around his neck. His beaded armbands are centered by large round cabochon jewels and repeated in the wide pectoral, bud-shaped earrings hand to his shoulders, and vertical rows of braids are upswept in a towering coiffure framed by a narrow foliate diadem.
9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm.) high