Khmer ewer

Bronze and green patine
Angkor, Cambodia
12th century
H. 25 cm



This Khmer ewer is a witness to the production of bronze during the Angkor period, when it is assumed that only the lost wax technique was used, and whose examples are rare today.

Depending on the type of alloy used, the color of the bronzes could vary from a greenish gray to a bright green. Here, the original patina is a beautiful celadon green. Very decorative, this pot was probably used in a religious context. In spite of its apparent sobriety, we note the delicacy of the details, and in particular the openwork foot, as well as the lid. The whole forms a balanced and elegant whole.

Provenance : Private collection, Amsterdam.