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This majestic head made in sandstone depicts Lokesvara, who is one of the great Bodhisattva of the Mahayana Buddhism. The piece was inspired by the specimen named “Radiant Lokesvara” which is located at Preah Kan temple of Kompong Svay (XIIth-XIIIth centuries, Cambodia). Dimensions: W. 25cm x H. 64cm x L. 30cm
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In Mahayana Buddhism, the Bodhisattva is the one who, despite having achieved spiritual enlightenment, chooses to remain among men to help them find the way to salvation. Since the XIIth century, it was considered that the body of Bodhisattva Lokesvara was a macrocosm and that each door of his skin was a universe in which meditated a little Buddha.
In Khmer art, the formal transcription of this idea results in a portrait resembling to this sculpture. This Head of Lokesvara features an image of the Buddha Amitaba (from whom he emanates) in the medallion that decorates his crown-shaped topknot.
Lokesvara is known as the Lord of compassion. During the reign of Khmer King Jayavarman VII, his cult enjoyed an unprecedented favor.
This sandstone sculpture can be displayed outdoors but it should not be exposed to long-lasting frost. It can be cleaned by using with clear water.