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Title

Palanquin hook

12th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Cambodia
    Cultural origin
    Bayon style
    Date
    12th century
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    copper alloy with green patina
    Dimensions
    18.9 x 10.8 x 6.3 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    6.2000
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    This 'j-shaped' palanquin hook depicts a dwarf, or 'gana', riding a 'naga', or snake deity, and supporting the mythical bird Garuda on his shoulders. This highly stylised object was intricately crafted yet functional: it would have hung from the pole end of a palanquin (carriage). It is possible to reconstruct how such a piece may have been used by reference to the bas-reliefs at Angkor Wat, the Bayon and other temples where various procession scenes depict similar pieces in use on palanquins. The ornate, deeply incised and energetic surface decoration coupled with the vigorous projections convey the imminent explosion of a barely contained energy. Similar tension and fecundity is seen in stone architectural decoration and is characteristic of Khmer taste.

    The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.312.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Cambodia

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication