46.0 cm including stand
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.