Angkor Vat period, 12th Century
This glorious and fine sandstone male head represents Vishnu, the divine Hindu preserver and protector of human life, a role that provided natural analogies with earthly kingship for the Khmer. The head is carved in a classic Angkor Vat style.
His face finely carved with full lips, incised eyes, and softly arched eyebrows, his hair arranged in braided rows rising to a conical chignon secured by a foliate tiara tied neatly at the back.
Provenance Private Asian-African Museum Geneva
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