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BZ013 KHMER RITUAL CONCH
Angkor period, Bayon period 12th - 13th Century
KHMER RITUAL CONCH
Provenance: found at Ta Praya, Sakaew Province
Angkor period, Style of the Bayon
12th - early 13th century
Bronze
Height 24.70 cm,

Description: The ritual conches; Sankha, they were used either as ladles to dip and pour libation of holy water or as wind instruments to produce the sacred sound "Om". It is decorated with a miniature refief of the Mahayana Buddhist symbole, Vishvavajra. Vishvavajra, the crossed Vajra, (vishwa or vishva is Sanskrit for world with the connotation of "the universe as we experience it".) it stands for the stability or foundation of the physical world. It is the emblem of Amoghshiddhi, the fifth Dhyani Buddha whose influence encourages immoveable determination.
Referrence:
Jessup, Helen Ibbitson. & Zephir, Thierry. "Scupture of Angkor and Ancient Cambodia - Millennium of Glory" Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1997, pp 322 "Ritual Conch".



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