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LOT 0256

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GBP (£) 8,000 - 10,000
EUR (€) 9,400 - 11,750
USD ($) 10,630 - 13,280

Sold for (Inc. bp): £15,240

Large South East Asian Brahma Statue

11th-13th century AD

A large polished Khmer red sandstone statue of Brahma standing with his four arms bent; the four radiating faces each with linear ridge forming a heavy brow, slender eyes with defined pupils, elongated ears with vertical slit; the god wearing a rectangular sampot around the lower part of the body with a double fishtail pleat and frontal sash; columnar chignon arranged on the head with incised decoration, detailed diadem to each face; mounted on custom-made display stand. 80 kg total, 137.5cm including stand (54 1/4"). Fair condition, repaired and one nose restored.

Provenance
Property of an East Sussex gentleman; from his private collection formed between 1983 and 1990; formerly in a South East London collection formed in the 1970s; accompanied by scholarly note TL05408 by Dr. Ronald Bonewitz; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.11010-181674.

Literature
Cf. Tucker, J. and Tozer, A., An Important Group of Sculptures from India, Southeast Asia and China, London, 2018, p.18, for a comparable example.

Footnotes
Brahma is considered the Creator-god, one of the three cosmic functions alongside Vishnu (maintenance) and Shiva (destruction).