Cambodia / Standing Brahma / Angkor period, ca. first quarter of 10th centuryCambodia
Standing Brahma
Angkor period, ca. first quarter of 10th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Southeast Asian; Cambodian
Creator Dates/Places: Cambodia
Creator Name-CRT: Cambodia
Title: Standing Brahma
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 900
Creation End Date: 924
Creation Date: Angkor period, ca. first quarter of 10th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Stone
Dimensions: H. 53 in. (134.62 cm)

Khmer court styles were highly conservative, particularly in the three-dimensional sculpture of the Angkor period, from the ninth to the thirteenth century . Most were hieratic, iconic, motionless, with both feet uniformly planted on their pedestal. Only the different hand positions broke up the strict symmetry of the images, and surface decoration was minimal.

This highly refined image of a four-armed Brahma displays all the ingredients found in the art of the early tenth century. The sampot, in the style of the Bakheng temple, shows the pleated "double-anchor" or "fishtail" pendants in the front, with the outer one hanging over and lower than the inner one. The unusual silhouette of the torso ends abruptly at the very full hips, where it is encased in a garment of unexpected thickness. The transition from bare flesh to the rich linear patterning of the garment is abrupt, providing a visual jolt common to most Khmer sculpture.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 36.96.3
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1936
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Khmer style of the Bakheng
AMICA ID: MMA_.36.96.3
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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