Sandstone sculpture of the Goddess Uma
Cambodia, Angkor Period (802-1431), Baphuon style, early XI century
This sensuous figure of a woman wears a long skirt known as a sarong that has been wrapped around her waist and tied at the front. Additional folds of clots fall in the center of the skirt as a stylized pattern that is called a 'fishtail' motif. This motif seems to be an invention of the Baphuon style. The skirt is helt up by a twisted knot we see at the upper edge. The woman also wears a belt tied around her hips. The lines incised under her breasts were considered as a sign of beauty. The finely braided hair gathered into a high and elaborate chignon and the dimple on the chin, both features being characteristic of the style.
61 cm high