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Standing Male Ruler (?)

Khmer-Shrivijaya style
12th–13th century
Thailand or Indonesia (?)
H. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The J. H. W. Thompson Foundation Gift, 1996
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 250
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.
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