Celestial Nymph

Celestial Nymph
Place Made:
Cambodia or Thailand: Angkor period
37 x 21 x 5 in. (94.0 x 53.3 x 12.7 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

Celestial nymphs (apsaras) are commonly found along the bottom exterior and interior walls of Khmer-period temples in both Cambodia and Thailand. The function of these female figures was to entertain the gods, who were believed to reside in temples while on earth. The archway that frames this celestial nymph represents a multi-headed serpent (naga), similar to the sculpture, Antefix with Five-headed Serpent.

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