This head, possibly of Uma, would have been carved during the reign of King Udayadityavarman II (1050-1066), a great builder and patron of the arts. It is very delicately carved, with open eyes conveyed by simple outlines, sensuous lips and a strong slightly cleft chin. The overall impression is of a powerful but compassionate female face crowned with a ring inset with precious stones around her elaborately braided hair. The Baphuon period produced some of the finest stone carving and this is a good example of how sculpture with a powerful ritualistic intent can also convey a complex human presence.
Height: 12.5 cm.
Condition: Very good with old wear and an attractive patina; there is a tiny chip to the nose.