The detailed depiction of this figure's garments help date the sculpture to the end of the Baphuon period in the third quarter of the 11th century. For example, eight-petaled flowers are incised into the excess folds of his sampot, the short skirtlike garment wrapped around his waist, and the vertical pleats used to depict this garment are more numerous than those found in earlier sculptures. Jeweled pendants filled with cabochons hang fromthe belt, which may represent metal rather than cloth. It has been suggested that elaborate metal belts were a symbol of royalty; this sculpture then may well have commemorated a royal figure. However, this type of belt is sometimes found on sculptures of guardians, which were generally a part of the complicated iconographic programs found in the temple mountains such as Baphuon, and it seems likely that the identity of a figure such as this one was determined as much by its placement as by its clothing and ornaments.