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Creator Nationality: Asian; Southeast Asian; Cambodian
Creator Name-CRT: Cambodian
Title: Male Figure
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1000
Creation End Date: 1099
Creation Date: Angkor period, Baphuon style, 11th century
Creation Place: Cambodia
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: sandstone
Dimensions: H. 50 in. (127 cm)
AMICA Contributor: Asia Society
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1981.001
Credit Line: Asia Society: Gift of Arthur Ross
Context: The study of Cambodian and Thai sculpture dating from the 10th to 14th centuries is primarily the study of the civilization and culture of the Khmer empire. The Khmers inhabited and controlled parts of mainland Southeast Asia from the 6th century onward.Historically, they are best known for the era called the Angkor period (c. 802-1431), named for the Khmer capital. Angkor remains one of the most remarkable cities in world history and is noted for the vast number of breathtaking monuments constructed there from the 10th to 13th centuries. These structures range from relatively small temples to the gigantic temple mountains of Baphuon and Angkor Wat. Most of the temples are profusely decorated, and Khmer sculpture is generally dated by reference to such monuments, with classifications such as 'Baphuon style.'
The identity of this standing male figure is difficult to determine, but the simplification of the garments help date him to the Baphuon period. The lack of vertical pleating in the treatment of the sampot, the short skirtlike garment wrapped around his waist, and his youthful and serene face indicate that this piece was also probably carved in the early period of Baphuon's construction, which is believed to have lasted from about 1010 to about 1080.
Related Document Description: Asia Society. Handbook of the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection. New York: Asia Society, , p. 112.
AMICA ID: ASIA.1981.001
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, Asia Society
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