Sculpture

Sculptures are 3D representations, often in stone

The most common archaeological sculptural forms in Southeast Asian archaeology are images of the Buddha and other Hindu deities like Ganesha and Shiva (including abstract representations like linga and yoni), and also relief carvings and miniatures. While we commonly think of stone sculptures, they can also be made of wood and metal. Because of their aesthetic beauty, sculptures are often displayed in museums (such as the Museum of Cham Sculpture) but also a target for looting and a commodity for the antiquities market.

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