Khmer Kings L. Seated in Royal Ease C. Possibly Jayavarman VI R. Vishnu
KHMER (ANGKOREAN) Anonymous
10th-11th c Cambodian Khmer Sculpture
(active c. 802 - c. 1450)
Gilt Bronze; Silver
New York. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Khmer kings, who were absolute rulers, practiced the concept of divine kingship, in which they were considered as the embodiment of the deity on earth. Some of them considered themselves the embodiment of the Hindu gods, while others thought they were the embodiment of Buddhist deities.
The two Khmer figures on the left , made of bronze with silver inlay, represent deified monarchs, who on their deaths were united with their chosen deity. The rich figures were undoubtedly made for temple shrines dedicated to their divinity. The figure on the right, made of stone, is identified as Vishnu, but he may in fact be a Khmer ruler who identifies with Vishnu. Their temple shrines were erected on the tops of great man-made mountains which symbolized Mount Meru, the axis of the world.
KHMER | Khmer Kings L. Seated in Royal Ease C. Possibly Jayavarman VI R. Vishnu .| c. 970-1025 | Cambodian | Khmer