Catalogue no. 19 BRONZE HEVAJRA
KHMER, ANGKOR PERIOD
LATE 12TH – 13TH CENTURY
H. 24 CMS, 9 ½ INS
A complete fourteen-armed bronze figure of Hevajra, with a deep greyish-green patina, dancing on a lotus pedestal, wearing extensive jewellery and a shin-length sampot with floral pendants and a trailing central pleat.
Hevajra is one of the main yidams (enlightened beings) in Tantric, or Vajrayana Buddhism. He was the most popular Tantric deity with the Khmer, especially during the reign of Jayavarman VII (r. 1180 – c. 1218).
For a related figure see figs. 9.15a and 9.15b in E. C. Bunker and D. Latchford, Khmer Bronzes: New Interpretations of the Past, Chicago: Art Media Resources, 2011. For a closely related example in the Staatliche Museen, Berlin, see Fig. 9.14 (ibid).
Provenance: Private collection, UK.
Acquired in 1977 from Peng Seng Antiques, Bangkok.