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Vishnu
SMV 00-323 062
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This figure of Vishnu is one of the few surviving examples from Phnom Da and testifies the high artistic quality of the early Cambodian sculpture. In comparison to the later art of Angkor this Vishnu figure is intriguing because of its simplicity and clear form.

History of the Object
Indian culture and religion reached Mainland Southeast Asia about 2000 years ago. Vishnu as the savior of the world was probably a very important deity there, as most sculptures found are representations of Vishnu. The object was purchased by its former owner in Bangkok in 1990. In 2000 he gave it to our museum as a donation.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
sandstone 
Measurements
Width 28 cm Height 56 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Cambodia; Phnom Da 
Geography
Cambodia 
Time period
AD 6th century ~ AD 7th century 
Creation date
6th Century - 7th century A.D. 
Function
Object of veneration in a Vishnu temple. 
Acquisition
Acquired as donation in the year 2000. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, Germany 
Museum
Five Continents Museum, Munich 
Credit line
State Museum of Ethnology, Munich, Germany 

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