Standing Male Ruler (?)

Thailand or Indonesia

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 247

This unusual sculpture, almost definitely created in Thailand, combines disparate stylistic elements from the Khmer empire and the Indonesian maritime empire of Shrivijaya. The physiognomy bears some relation to generic representations of the late-twelfth century Khmer ruler Jayavarman VII but is so particularized that it must depict a specific, though unknown, person, perhaps a local ruler in peninsular Thailand.

Standing Male Ruler (?), Bronze, Thailand or Indonesia

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