Khmer, Ankor period, Baphuon style (1050-1100), 11th century, Cambodia

Height: 115 cm 45.28 inches, Width: 28.5 cm 11.22 inches

Beautifully modelled in the round, very likely this is a figure of Uma, the spouse of Shiva. The goodness has a slim and well-portioned body, particularly with her slender waist, smooth skin, saucer-shaped breasts with prominent nipples and round hips. This Uma figure has a typical Baphuon face with its flat nose, subtly carved eyebrows, eyes with double incised lines, large long earlobes, finely incised neck folds, and thick-full lips. Uma’s sampot is tied high around her waist and falls elegantly below the navel, highlighted by a central fishtail swag that flows naturalistically. Closely placed fine vertical lines emphasize the volume of her sampot, revealing the beautiful body shape and movement. A tiny part of her garment folds like a hook around the waist, and a belt with incised lines encircles her hips. The braided hair is pulled up from the forehead in the pattern of parallel inverted V’s, with the chignon secured by an elaborate jewelled hair band at the base.

Similar Examples

‘Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum Volume 3 –Art from Sri Lanka & Southeast Asia’, P. Pal, G. S Graphics 2004, figure 147, p.188-189

‘Christie’s –Indian and Southeast Asian Art, Tuesday 14th September 2010, New York’, figure 233, p.148-149

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