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This graceful bas-relief depicts an Apsara doing her famous celestial hand gestures. The piece was carved in sandstone and was inspired by the Apsara images that can be found at Bayon temple (XIIth-XIIIth centuries).
The Apsaras are heavenly nymphs who are usually portrayed in stone bas-reliefs who grace the palaces of gods, reproduced in the Angkor temples. The story says that these celestial women appeared when the Gods (also called ‘Deva’) and the Demons (also called ‘Asura’) agreed to a tug-of-war to stir the the Ocean of Milk, in order to create the elixir of immortality. In this scene, the Apsaras’ role was to sing and dance in order to encourage the churning.
The Apsara is well-known symbol of Khmer culture as it is depicted on numerous walls of Angkor temples. Our artisans reproduced carefully the style of this Apsara in order to perpetuate the heritage of the Angkorian era.
You can find several other depictions of Apsaras carved on bas-reliefs in the ‘collection prestige’ category and in the other sculptures made of sandstone.
To clean this sandstone piece, you will only need clear water. Avoid any contact of the sandstone with greasy products in order to prevent stains.