8th century -9th century (made)


IS.171-1991 SSEA

Vishnu, Pre-Angkorian period, Cambodia

This figure, modelled in simple volumes and unadorned, belongs to the beginnings of the Angkorian period. The missing head would have had a plain cylindrical crown, and the two extended hands would have held Visnu's attributes, possibly in bronze or precious metal.

Gift from David Knight, formerly Gilbert Beatty Collection, of Palm Beach, Tanjong Kling, Malacca, Malaysia. The collection was formed by Mr. Beattie in the pre-war years whilst resident in Malacca. The collection was acquired by the Knight family direct from Gilbert Beattie in Malacca in 1960 and shipped to Uk in that year with the return of the family from service in the British armed forces. The coolection of 16 stone and bronze sculptures represent a major addition to our collection ranging from a pre-Angkorian image of Vishnu, c. 7th century to a selectioon of Khmer bronzes images of deities of the 11th and 12th centuries.

Location: In Storage

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