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Male Figure
Cambodia; Angkor period (802-1431), Bayon style, late 12th - early 13th century
Male, H. 54 in. (137.2 cm); female, H. 55 in. (139.7 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art
This male figure and a female figure in the collection (see Related Objects) have been identified as a royal couple, probably owing to the lack of distinguishing characteristics in their headdresses or hands that could be associated with either Hindu or Buddhist deities. Nevertheless, the Cambodian custom of associating gods with rulers often makes it difficult to distinguish deities from humans, and so it is equally possible that these sculptures represent unidentified deities. The figures' faces, with their downcast eyes, raised browbones, and slight smiles, as well as the male figure's realistically muscled leg, help date the pair to the reign of Jayavarman VII (reigned 1181-ca. 1218), the influential Khmer king who erected the Bayon temple mountain, or to the reign of his immediate successor. The male figure once had some sort of symbol that was a few inches high and carved on the front of his headdress, which was scratched out for unknown reasons.
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