VERY FINE KHMER HEAD OF SHIVA
Second quarter of the 10th Century - Koh Ker period
Code: v1 - POA
An outstanding finely carved head of Shiva. The carving is superb The finess of the headdress and facial features is outstanding. His face has a moustache, a beard and full sensuous mouth. The hairline extends from under the diadem in front, continuing along the side burns and into the representation of the beard. A four tiered chignon-cover surrounded by a diadem adorns the head. The diadem is attached by ribbons tied in a square knot, the preferred Koh Ker-style knot. A hole through the remaining ear lobe is an indication that this figure we held in great importance, suggesting he was adhorned with actual gold jewellery at the time of worship.
Similar examples see: E. C. Bunker and D. Latchford, Adoration and Glory. The Golden Age of Khmer Art, Chicago, 2004.
Measurements not including stand: 10" (25cm)