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Torso of a female deity
AK-MAK-221
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The Baphuon style, named after the pyramidal structure on which such figures feature, is characterized by its delicate and soft designs. With its rounded curves and billowy, flowing cloth, this torso reflects a similar type of elegance. Typical features are the spread-out edges of the cloth and the unfurling, fishtail shape of the front panel.

History of the Object
Because hand attributes are missing, the figure cannot be interpreted with any certainty. It could represent either one of the goddesses Uma or Lakshmi, the consorts of Shiva and Vishnu.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
stone 
Measurements
Width 8.5 cm Height 40.5 cm Length 16.1 cm  
Creator name
anonymous 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Cambodja 
Geography
Cambodia 
Time period
AD 11th century ~ AD 11th century 
Creation date
11th Century 
Function
representation of deity 
Acquisition
Long-term loan from the Association of Friends of Asian Art (VVAK) - purchased in 1930 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst 
Museum
Rijksmuseum 
Credit line
 

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