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An image of Male torso by
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Cambodia

Title
Male torso
Place of origin
Cambodia
Cultural origin
Khmer, Baphuon style
Year
mid 11th century-late 11th century
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
sandstone
Dimensions

46.0 cm including stand

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of James De Siun in honour of his mother, Patricia Laffan De Siun 2005
Accession number
161.2005
Location
Not on display
Further information

The male torso is of the Angkor period, a time seen as the 'classical age' of Khmer art. Sculpture during this period was elegant and regal, conforming to strict iconographical principles. This sculpture, which has an attractive 'sampot' (the traditional Khmer garment worn around the waist and knotted at the front) held by a belt, also has a decorative tie at the back. Although not a very large piece, it is a good example of the fluent and expressive drapery designs created during this period. Into the 12th century more stylisation of the drapery was to occur as the Angkor Vat style was adopted.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2005.