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Khmer Stone Torso of Goddess Uma

Khmer Stone Torso of Goddess Uma

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Exquisite Khmer Stone Torso of goddess Uma, carved gray stone with fitted traditional sampot cloth, incised floral pattern on drapery. Head and limbs lost in antiquity. Torso repaired from original pieces and right arm reattached, light surface encrustation, otherwise in wonderful condition. Mounted on black custom base, Cambodia, Bayon Period, circa 13th Century, Stone is 19" x 7" x 5", stand is 4" x 8" x 7". Ex: Al Stendahl collection, Los Angeles. According to The Art Institute of Chicago, Uma is also known as Parvati, the divine mate of the Hindu god Shiva. She is daughter of the Himalayas, who waited for Shiva to court her, singing and dancing and making herself beautiful. But the ascetic Shiva took no notice. She then sought to impress him by living an austere life herself. She was so committed to this path that she changed the color of her skin from its original black to gold. In this form she became know as Uma, which means "light" or "beauty."