Khmer sandstone head of Prajnaparamita. Prah Kahn (Angkor) or Bayon style. Late 12th - early 13th century. The small image on the chignon is of Amitabha, the Buddha of meditation, which would suggest that this is the head of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. But the feminine aspect is similar to an example at the Musee Guimet, Paris, which is identically adorned. Said to be a likeness of Jayarajadevi, queen of Jayavarman VII (1161 - 1218 AD), last of the Angkor royal line and builder of the Bayon. Probably Prah Kahn, Angkor. Prajnaparamita, 'The Mother of All Buddhas,' is the personification of the perfection of wisdom. 9 1/4" x 4 3/4" across the ears 4 3/4" deep. 7 lb. 1 oz. From a Chicago 'Gold Coast' collection inherited from an old Boston estate. Details to purchaser.