Male Deity

Male Deity



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

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1994.202



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
Cambodian Art
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