Male Deity

Male Deity

925-950

Sandstone

Overall: 135 cm (53 1/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1994.202

Description

The distinctive swath of pleated cloth and the anchor-shaped ends of the lower garment suggest that this sculpture was make when this method of wrapping the sampot was fashionable. During that time, Cambodian temples were dedicated to Hindu deities, whose images were dramatically installed alone on a pedestal in a temple's sanctum. When consecrated, gold tokens were installed under the pedestal; many sculptures were broken when people toppled them to get the gold.

See also
Collection: 
Cambodian Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Sandstone

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