Angkor King Jayavarman VII is depicted with his hair tied in a bun, engaged in deep meditation. Closed eyes, a smile illuminating his face: the serene expression of King Jayavarman evokes compassion. This is the face of a king who felt that the sufferings of his people were his own suffering and who built an extensive network of hospitals to take care of his people. A fervent Mahayana Buddhist, he placed Buddha and Lokeshvara at the top of a pantheon in which Hindu gods were also largely represented. He was king of the Khmer Empire in present day Siem Reap, the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia. It is the gateway to the Angkor region.
This wood sculpture is a one of a kind statue, hand carved by the very talented artists of the beautiful country of Cambodia.