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This sculpture depicts a recurring figure in Khmer art which is supposed to be Jayavarman VII. It was inspired by a specimen from the Preah Khan of Kompong Svay (late XIIth century), and whose original piece is now displayed at the National Museum of Phnom Penh. Dimensions: W. 63cm x H. 70cm x L. 44.5cm.
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King Jayavarman VII was crowned in 1181 and became one of the best-known Khmer rulers of the Angkorian era. He was particularly famous for having driven out the Cham and reunified Cambodia (late XIIth-early XIIIth centuries). During his reign, the Khmer Empire reached its largest size, growing to include a part of southern Malaysia and northern Laos.
As a fervent Buddhist, he replaced the cult of Shiva which was then the dominant religion, and filled the country with Buddhist foundations by imposing the cult of Buddha. This sculpture of the King portrays him at a mature age, meditating in utmost humility, devoid of any royal or divine attributes.