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Bronze gong, Birma, 18th-19th century

ca 20 cm high x 30 cm wide



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Ref 8003A & 8003B

Left side: 

Sand-stone "Ayutthaya" Torso, 14th-16th century

(fragment of a sitting Buddha from Ayuttaya, Thailand)

40 cm high x 50 cm wide

 

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Sand-stone "Ayutthaya" Torso, 14th-16th century

(fragment of a sitting Buddha from Ayuttaya, Thailand)

44 cm high x 34 cm x 19 cm



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Ref. 0303

Miniature Han cupboard

Glazed terracotta

23 cm high x 16 cm wide x 10 cm deep



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Ref . 7075

Terracotta  vase of exceptional quality & form

Han Dynasty Chine

58 cm high x 30 cm wide



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Ref. 7171

Koh-Ker torso of a God in sandstone, second half of the Xth century

Cambodia, Khmer Art

The God wears a sampot which is double folded with an anchor at the backside, the upper edge is folded at the front side.

140 cm high x 65 cm wide x 35 cm deep (170 cm high incl stand)

 

References:

Statue of Vajimukha / Hayagriva with the same clothing in 'Angkor, Göttliches Erbe Kambodschas', exhibition catalogue 15/12/2006 - 09/04/2007 in the Kunst-und Austellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn, n°39, p. 121

Another model of the Vajimukha / Hayagriva in the style Pré Rup can be found in the collection of Musée Guimet, Paris, Réf. MG 18099.

 The clothing and the slightly rigid posture, along with the large size of the torso are typical for the Koh-Ker.

The Khmer Empire was founded by Jayavarman II in 802.  His successor, Indravarman, undertook important irregation works who turned out to form the base of the prosperity of the Khmer kingdom.

This irregation system of the rice fields the Khmer civilisation on of the most developped ones of the antique period.  In only one century, the whole Khmer country was unified and acquired remarkable authority in South-East Asia.

The large cereal production allowed a great deal of the people to focus on the construction of temples and to develop their own religion.  This evolved from Hindoism, to Vishu-ism and finally towards Buddhism.   Large numbers of temple mountains raised aurond Angkor, the capital city of the Khmer Kingdom.  These temple mountains are the representations of the 'Mount Méru', which is the centre of the Universe and the abode of the gods in the Indien cosmology.  The temple mountains are constructed on natural hills.

The climax of the Khmer sculpture is situated between the Xth and the XIth century.  This results in very impressive sculptures of large size, and a very fine quality.

Each king made his own religion the national religion.   Hindoism became very important under Jayavarman II in the IX century, Vishnu-ism under Sûryavarnam II during the XII th century, and finally Buddhism mahâyâna in the act of Jayavarman VII.  These different religions mirror the society of each period.

Angkor Thom is the last major construction of the Khmer culture.  The kingdom suffered from its success, and the combination of the exhaustion of the sources, along with the upcoming Thai culture brought this magnicifent culture to its end.

 



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Pair of bronze vases, Han Dynasty

Vietnam, 2nd century BC-2nd century AC

ca 39 cm high x 30 cm diameter



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#8004

Bronze water bowl, Bayon style, 13th century

Angkor Vat, Cambodia

28 cm high x 49 cm diameter



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#8006

Bronze lotus-shaped vase

Han Dynasty, China, 2nd century BC

37 cm high x 21 cm diameter



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ref. 2739

Rare, big bronze bowl, Dong Son

17 cm high x 29 cm diameter



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Pair of necklaces

Dong Son (2000 BC-200 AD), Vietnam



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Sand-stone Lingams

Pre-Angkor period, Sambor-Prei-Kuk style, 7th-8th century.

There's always a lingam in the cella (heart) of the god Shiva's temples.  The lingam is the representation of Shiva in his 'absolute' form.  The anthropomorphic images of Shiva only show certain aspects of the god.  Both gods Shiva and Visnu (his father) have the ability to present  themselves to their devotees in a wide range of different manifestations, depending on which aspect of their all-encompassing nature is appropriate for the specific location, situation and need of the believer.

As opposite to this philosophical meaning, the lingam is also seen as the phallus of the God Shiva, and as the sign mark for his power to create.

This specific form, which rejuvenates downwards, is characteristic for the Sambor-Prei-Kruk style of the Pre-Angkor period.  This form dissappears in later periods.

 



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Offer plate, Khmer Art, 12-14th century, Angkor, Post Bayon



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ref. 000158

Top of a rain drum, Dong Son

ca 80 cm diameter



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Pair of bracelets (4th century BC), stone, Cambodia



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