The limestone fragment is of a dvarapala, or a door guardian, framed by a triangular flame-edged niche. Dvarapalas were traditionally placed outside Hindu or Buddhist temples, as well as other structures like royal palaces, to protect the holy places inside. While a dvarapala is usually portrayed as a fearsome armed guardian that looks like a demon, others often display average human features.
The fragment is from the Cambodian Khmer dynasty, and is thought to date from the Angkor period, 12th or 13th century.
The fragment is mounted on a museum-quality, wood stand that has been stained black.
Provenance: Old private collection, Washington State, early 1970's.
8 1/4” (21 cm) tall x 5 ¾” (14.6 cm) wide x 3 ¾” (9.5 cm) deep with the stand.
Without stand the fragment measures 6” (15.2 cm) tall x 5 ¾” (14.6 cm) wide x 1 5/8” (4.1 cm) thick.
Weighs 4 lb 0.8 oz (1835 g)
The surface is eroded, but the dvarapala can still be made out. The black finish on two of the corners of the stand have been slightly chipped
A fragment with a long history. This dvarapala can guard your home or office.
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