Historical period(s)
Angkor period, 12th century
Medium
Sandstone
Dimensions
H x W x D: 56.2 x 161.3 x 21.9 cm (22 1/8 x 63 1/2 x 8 5/8 in)
Geography
Cambodia
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.953
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 26b: Power in Southeast Asia
Classification(s)
Sculpture, Stone
Type

Architectural fragment

Keywords
Angkor period (802 - 1431), architecture, Cambodia, lotus, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Label

This lintel, decorated with vegetal scroll motifs displaying the energy and power of nature's creative forces, would have been placed over the doorway leading into a temple. The motif has its ancestry in South Asian art, appearing in India as early as the second century B.C. Here, small male figures support parts of a thick vine, and in the center two of them hold the stalk of a lotus flower that serves as a throne for a god. Typically, a flamboyant arch would have surmounted the ornate lintel.

Published References
  • Emma Bunker Douglas Latchford. Adoration and Glory: The Golden Age of Khmer Art., 1st Edition. Chicago. p. 235.
Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum