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Temple Wrestler, c. 925-50

Cambodia: Koh Ker (?), Angkor period, 900-975
Sandstone
61-3/4 in. (156.8 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1980.15.S
© 2012 Norton Simon Art Foundation

On view

Colossal sculptures such as this one are typical of those found at the site of Koh Ker, which for a brief period (928–944) had served as the capital of the Angkorian Kingdom. Certain stylistic features, such as the figure’s overall dynamism and corpulence, point to its 10th-century date, as does the inclusion of body jewelry. This larger-than-life-size sculpture once served as a wrestling figure in a major temple.

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