11th–12th C. KHMER SANDSTONE GANESHA
22 ¼ inches high, 19 inches wide, 10 ½ inches deep. Wear consistent with placement in a temple (the back is less worn than the front), small bits of gilding on the front. This imposing sculpture was evaluated and authenticated by Dr. Mary Linda, former curator of the Rockefeller collection of Asian Art, in 1998. It also has a documented provenance from the son of the original owner, who was an OSS officer in WWII and acquired it approximately 60 years ago. Most all Khmer pieces in the marketplace are reproductions; or illegal. This is a rare and important piece, with a legitimate provenance.