Head from an image of a diefied king carved in sandstone wearing a very elaborate crown and a diadem tied with a knot at the back of his head. Crisply delineated facial features carved in high and low relief. Original encrusted patina. First Angkor style, style of Koh Ker, Cambodia.

Head from an Image of Vishnu or a Deified King, early 9th century

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Hindu images carved during the Angkor period (877-1175) tend to be more austere and less sensuous than the serene Buddhist images of the later Bayon period (1177-1230). The erect pose, impassive face and remote smile of this head is associated with the concept of God-King (Deva-Raja) in Cambodia. The idea of representing divine energy in the figure of a God-King orginated in India. The Cambodian theocracy carried the doctrine to the point that some crowned images of Vishnu or Shiva are virtually indistinguishable from portraits of deified kings.

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Head from an Image of Vishnu or Deified King, Cambodia (#191)
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Title
Head from an Image of Vishnu or a Deified King
Role
Artist
Dimension
9 1/2 in. (24.13 cm)
Accession Number
69.86.1
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Head from an image of a diefied king carved in sandstone wearing a very elaborate crown and a diadem tied with a knot at the back of his head. Crisply delineated facial features carved in high and low relief. Original encrusted patina. First Angkor style, style of Koh Ker, Cambodia.