Asian Art :
Art of Cambodia : Khmer Bronze Kneeling Vishvakarman
Khmer Bronze Kneeling Vishvakarman - SF.115
6.25" (15.9cm) high
x 3.75" (9.5cm) wide
Additional Information: Art Logic--Martin Snowdon, 2007
Location: Great Britain
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A bronze figure of Vishvakarman, the
architect, seated in a half-kneeling
posture on a
rectangular base. As architect to the
patron of craftsmen, he holds an axe in
hand, resting the weight on his right
his left hand he grasps a noose between
thumb and forefingers. The deity is
adorned with a tiered headdress and
jewellery, including spiral earrings,
necklace and anklets. His lower body is
in a striated sampot.
Vishvakarman was unknown in the
world before the twelfth century; his
name is first
recorded in a stele inscription of 1191
Khan in Angkor (associated with
Primarily a Hindu deity associated with
was also popular with Cambodian
the 12th and 13th centuries.
For a comparative example see E. C.
D. Latchford. ‘Adoration and Glory: The
Age of Khmer Art,’ (Chicago, 2004), pp.
277, No. 95. (AM)