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This sandstone piece is a bas-relief depicting three celestial nymphs, also called ‘Apsaras’ who are dancing.
Apsaras are recurring images that can be found on many sculptures of the walls of ancient temples in Cambodia, particularly in the Angkor monuments. Their carvings usually depict a charming smile which warmly welcomes the visitors. Their voluptuous curves and awesome hairstyle are notable characteristics of the Apsaras sculpted during the Angkorian era.
The gesture of the hands of the Apsaras that you can see on this bas-relief still exist in Khmer dance movements. These gestures generally express the love of nature and the special connection with the environment. There are several hundreds of gestures and each of them has a meaning which can be a flower bud, a fruit, a leaft, etc.
Our artisans hand carved many other depictions of Apsaras, most of the time dancing on bas-reliefs. You are invited to have a look at our ‘collection prestige’ and at the other sandstone sculptures of this category.
Use of clear water is recommended if you want to clean this sandstone bas-relief. In order to prevent stains, you should avoid the contact of sandstone with oily products.