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Title

Male torso

mid 11th century-late 11th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

Alternate image of Male torso by
Alternate image of Male torso by
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Cambodia
    Cultural origin
    Khmer, Baphuon style
    Date
    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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    161.2005
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Cambodia