Tra Kieu, Quang Nam | 11th Century | Sandstone | [BTC 118/1]
In Indian mythology, the Apsaras are beautiful nymphs in the celestial world, born from the Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Gandharvas are talented musicians, often associated with the Apsaras.
As a masterpiece in Champa sculpture, the work depicts two Apsara dancers in graceful bent tribhaṅga pose. The dancers wear a thin skirt, recognized by the skirt that falls between their legs and a bow tied on their backs. The face exudes a soft and pure beauty with slightly curved eyebrows and almond-shaped eyes. On the neck, hands, and waist are adorned with elaborately carved beads. Next to the dancers, Gandharva musicians are playing a stringed instrument named the tuila.
The beauty exuded from the dancers on the altar has left a strong impression on the audiences and those are referred to as the signature Champa sculpture of Apsara dancers.
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