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Figure of a deified male

13th century


Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Lopburi Thailand
    Cultural origin
    Khmer empire
    Lopburi period 900 - 1300 → Thailand
    13th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    94.0 x 33.0 x 18.0 cm; 54 kg.
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased with assistance from Mr and Mrs T. Allen, S. M. Gazal, Mollie Gowing, Bruce C. Hudson, Mr and Mrs D. Isles, J. G. Jagelman, Mr. and Mrs A. Morris, Mrs Kerry Packer, Mrs. J. Parker, Edward and Goldie Sternberg, Mr F. Storch 1988
    Not on display
    Accession number

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  • About

    The Khmer period in Thailand, a result of the westward expansion of the Khmer empire, lasted from the eleventh to the fourteenth centuries. The period, often termed Lopburi after the town in central Chao Phya River Valley where many of the sculptures were produced, coincided with the brilliant era of Khmer art that created such architectural monuments as Angkor Wat. Lopburi sculpture is generally divided into two periods: the first, or Angkorian period (10th-12th centuries) when the Thai sculptors produced an officially recognised Khmer style; and the second or late Lopburi style when the local Thai artisans of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries evolved a modified style of their own as the Khmer influence began to wane. This piece, most likely a Buddhist deity, belongs to the second, more significant period. It typifies in its modelling the Khmer emphasis on volume, which is further revealed in the facial features and clothing. The short 'dhoti' with its fish-tail pleat, and the wide belt decorated with incised rosette motifs, is characteristically Khmer.

    'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994, pg. 181.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications