Standing female divinity

Historical period(s)
Angkor period, 12th century
Medium
Sandstone
Dimensions
H x W x D: 65.4 x 18.2 x 17.8 cm (25 3/4 x 7 3/16 x 7 in)
Geography
Cambodia
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.901
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Sculpture, Stone
Type

Hindu-Buddhist sculpture

Keywords
Angkor period (802 - 1431), Cambodia, woman, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

With a slender waist and stoic face, the goddess stands facing frontally with her arms poised at her sides. Her right hand is turned down with fingers delicately curled as if picking a flower, and her upturned left palm may originally have held a lotus bud. The lotus attribute suggests this figure represents Lakshmi, the goddess most closely associated with the Hindu god Vishnu. The figure's delicate proportions, low-slung sampot with aligned pleats terminating in a fishtail fold, as well as the flat profile, large crown, and pointed chignon cover, indicate a twelfth-century date. This was the era in which the great monument of Angkor Wat (ca. 1150, dedicated to Vishnu) was constructed, and sculptures of goddesses proliferated throughout its sanctums and across the temple walls.

Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
F|S Southeast Asia
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