Figure of a female deity (Lakshmi?)
Angkor Vat period, 12th Century
Hard grey sandstone
H 53,5 cm
This standing female deity is a classic example of Angkor Vat-style sculpture, produced during the 12thC.
She has a very aristocratic face with a slight smile, full sensuous lips, open incised eyes and ridged brows. She is wearing a long pleated sampot with finely delineated folds, folded over at the waist and the lower edge of the central pleat opens into a rimmed fish-tail at the front, typical of the Angkor Vat style. The sampot is secured by a ornamented belt with pendants, hidden beneath the drapery fold in front, but clearly visible on the back.
She is fully adorned with armlets, a multi-strand necklace which follows the form of the breasts and bud shaped earrings. The finely carved diadem is tied at the back and surmounted by conical chignon cover.
Hinduism was the state religion at that time and Vishnu was the partron deity of Suryavarman II, so this torso might have belonged to Lakshmi, the wife of Vishnu.
The royal aristocratic presence with a sense of grandeur is typical for the Angkor Vat period. The intention was to overwhelm the viewer by the omnipresence of the deity.
Litterature ref.: Adoration and Glory, The golden age of Khmer art, E.Bunker & Latchford, n° 84.
Tested by Ciram, dd 03/04/2013, n° 0313-OA-71R-1
ALR ref: 9540.WK
Asia-Africa of arts Museum Geneva Switserland (inventory No AMA-4958/2 is present on the back of the figure); written document which states the provenance is available
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