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A Finely Carved Khmer Stone Head of a Deity, possibly Uma

A Finely Carved Khmer Stone Head of a Deity, possibly Uma


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1378322

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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.
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