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BZ012 KHMER KNIFE HANDLE - HANUMAN WITH SEAL
Angkor period, Bayon period 12th - 13th Century
KHMER KNIFE HANDLE WITH SEAL
Provenance: found at Ta Praya, Sakaew Province
Angkor period
12th - 13th century
Bronze
Height 8.30 cm,

Description: In the Ramayana (Reamker in Khmer), Hanuman is the son of the wind-god, Vayu. Hanuman is the white monkey general and leader of the monkey army that helps Rama rescue Sita.
An intaglio Khmer character within a circle forms the seal itself. The inscription on the seal is only one word, 'Kesah'. This word in Sanskrit means 'should allow'. It is assumed that the seal would be used by people with authority to allow someone to do something.
Referrence:
The Inscriptions in Thailand Database Project Staffs (2554 B.E.), SAC (Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre)
Bunker, Emma C. & Latchford, Douglas. "Adoration and Glory - The Golden Age of Khmer Art" Chicago (USA): Art Media Resources, 2004, pp 348.



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