A MONUMENTAL CHAM STONE HEAD OF A DVARAPALA, DA NANG REGION, VIETNAM, 10TH CENTURY
grey sandstone, with bulging eyes and raised eyebrows, his long hair arranged in plaits gathered in a bun, wearing tiara and pendent earrings, mounted
Provenance: Private Collection, London. Formerly collection of Yves Prunier, Paris until 1990s.
The Hindu kingdom of Champa, which occupied most of the Southern half of modern Vietnam, reached its greatest power and prosperity between 8th-10th centuries before their territory was gradually reduced from the North by the Vietnamese. Little remains of the great riches of this civilisation, a great deal of which was lost in relatively recent times. For a related head of a 'ferocious dvarapala' in the Da Nang Museum, see Emmanuel Guillon, Cham Art, London 2001, no.104, p.118f
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