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Kneeling Female

Angkor period, Khmer style of the Baphuon
second half of the 11th century
Bronze inlaid with silver, traces of gold
H. 17 (43.2 cm); W. (at knees) 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bequest of Joseph H. Durkee, by exchange, 1972
Accession Number:
Not on view
This figure, perhaps a Khmer queen, kneels in a posture of adoration with arms raised above her head and palms pressed together. This pose suggests the presence originally of another statue—a god or god-king whom she was worshiping. There are indications that the figure was originally completely gilded. Her eyes are inlaid with silver, and her pupils and brows are hollowed out to receive an inlay, perhaps of black glass.
[ Doris Wiener Gallery , New York, by 1972; sold to MMA]
New York. Asia Society. "The Real, the Fake and the Masterpiece," June 9, 1988–August 28, 1988.

Cleveland Museum of Art. "Object in Focus: Kneeling Female Figure," August 15, 2000–October 15, 2000.

London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Bronze," September 15, 2012–December 9, 2012.

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