Beautifully sculpted right hand of a Khmer statue. One remarks the delicacy and harmony of the volumes in this hand. The representation of the hand has always been a favorite subject for the Khmer sculptor. The fingers are long and curved in a subtle movement where the thumb and index finger touch each other. This mudra is called the Kapittha mudra (in the Abhinaya Darpana or Mirror of Gestures, written by the theorist Nandikeshvara in the 5th century BC). According to mythology this mudra originates from the time the churning of the ocean was done and Vishnu used this hand gesture to pull upon Mount Mandara. So most probably this hand belonged to a statue of Vishnu.
Khmer Art, Angkor period, 10th-12th century. Fine granular grey sandstone, polished. Height (mounted) 31 cm, length 22 cm, depth 10 cm. Base of the mount 18 x 9,5 x 3 cm (slightly spotted). Weight 3,6 kilogram.Provenance: private Belgian collection.