May 1, 2006
May 1, 2006
May 1, 2006

Standing Female Figure

Standing Female Figure



Overall: 91.4 cm (36 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1970.60

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The figure wears an elaborate belt decorated with pendants around her sarong.


Though many iconographic elements were adopted from India, Khmer sculptors resisted the exaggerated voluptuous form of Indian female figures. They maintained the subtler figural styles that convey a distinctively Khmer ideal of the female form. This sculpture exemplifies the figural style and mode of dress of the Baphuon sculptures, a royal temple in Angkor built by King Udayadityavarman II (reigned 1050-1066). Since other figures from the Baphuon depict images of or related to Shiva, it is possible to identify this female figure as his wife Parvati.

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