The limestone fragment is a large antefix of Rishi, a great yogi and poet of hymns from the Vedas. The Rishi is framed by by a triangular flame-edged niche. The back has many tool marks.
Post-Vedic tradition of Hinduism regards the rishis as ""seers"", ""great sadhus"" or ""sages"" who after intense meditation (tapas) realized the supreme truth and eternal knowledge, which they composed into hymns. This fragment is from the Cambodian Khmer dynasty and dates from the the Angkor period, 12th or 13th century AD.
The fragment is mounted on a museum-quality, light wood stand.
Provenance: Old private collection, Washington State, early 1970's.
13 ½” (34.3 cm) tall and 7 ½” (19.1 cm) wide x 4 ½” (11.4 cm) deep with stand. Without stand 10” (25.4 cm) x 7 1/2” (19.1 cm) x 1 3/4” (4.4 cm) thick.
Weighs 8 lb 3.6 oz (3.73 kg)
The fragment has erosion, but the Rishi’s primary characteristics can still be made out, including the face. A portion of left side of the niche is chipped off.
An imposing piece from Southeast Asian history that would be fitting in a museum.