apsara of bayon


This piece hand carved in sandstone depicts a graceful Apsara, or heavenly nymph, who is dancing. This bas-relief was inspired by the specimens that can be admired on Angkor Wat temple walls (XIIth-XIIIth centuries).


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This sculpture, which was finely carved by our artisans, depicts an Apsara in a traditional position: standing on her right tiptoe with her left knee raised in a graceful dancing movement. She displays all signs of beauty from the Angkorian era: a welcoming smile, voluptuous and firm curves, fleshy lips and she wears a really short skirt which is ornamented with a large belt richly decorated with patterns. She also has a long garland which is hanging around her shoulders and seems to be part of the floral designs which surround her.

The arched fingers that you can see on this sculpture are typical of Khmer dances which use numerous hand and figures gestures. Cambodian dancers practice these finger positions since their early childhood, which enables such flexibility.

We would be pleased to show you other bas-reliefs of Apsaras, which can be seen in this same category, or in a more majestic version in our ‘collection prestige’.

Use clear to clean this sandstone bas-relief and try to avoid the contact of sandstone with oily products.

Height 24.5cm
Width 18cm
Depth 2.5cm
Weight 3.5kg

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