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An important sandstone figure of Uma
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An important sandstone figure of Uma


An important sandstone figure of Uma
Khmer, Angkor Period, Baphuon style, 11th century
Sensitively and sensuously carved in graceful outline, with a sarong draped around her hips and falling in finely incised parallel pleats with a fishtail sash at center, secured with a beaded belt tied in a knot in front, her face in a benign expression with large eyes below gently arched brows and full bow-shaped lips, her hair finely braided and pulled into a domed topknot secured with a strand of pearls and surmounted by a floret
40¼ in. (102.2 cm.) high
Spink & Son, 1986
Private Collection London
M. Warner, "Antiques: Gods and Goddesses, Sculpted Deities from the Ancient World," Architectural Digest, October 1986, p. 204, illustrated

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Compare two related stone figures of a female deity, one in the National Museum, Phnom Penh, in M. Girard-Geslan et. al., Art of Southeast Asia, 1998, fig. 501; the other in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, see M. Lerner and S. Kossak, "The Arts of South and Southeast Asia," The Metropolitan of Art Bulletin, vol. LI, no. 4, 1994, fig. 88, p. 83. While the sarongs are similarly executed, the belts vary.

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