Southeast Asia, Cambodia, Khmer Empire, late Angkor to early Bayon period, ca. 11th to early 13th century CE. A beautiful and veristic torso of the "Crowned Buddha," hand-carved from beige-hued sandstone, depicted with lifelike curves while standing atop stocky legs. Buddha wears a robe with a lengthy skirt boasting a hanging frontal panel, a wide belt adorned with low relief floral motifs, and an elaborate necklace composed of beads in petaloid, spherical, and spade-form designs is elegantly draped across the sloping chest. His bent arms rest against his hips to hold the draped folds of his robe, and his missing hands would have been held in the abhaya mudra pose symbolizing reassurance and fearlessness. The concave space between the shoulders suggests that the head would have been naturalistic in size and not enlarged or exaggerated in form, A very rare example from ancient Southeast Asia! Size: 17.75" W x 31.8" H (45.1 cm x 80.8 cm); 36.8" H (93.5 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Boris Mussienko collection, Maryland, USA, acquired in the 1970s
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This is a fragment of a larger statue. Losses to head, arms, legs, and areas of peripheries as shown. Chips and abrasions to legs, arms, body, and verso, with light softening to some finer details, and encrustations within some recessed areas. Nice earthen deposits throughout.