Seated Khmer Deva, XIth century, Cambodia


Period:XIth century



Devas (in Khmer called tep or preah) are non-human beings more powerful or more blissful than humans. Those, for instance, living in the RupaLoka.

From a human perspective, devas share the characteristic of being invisible to the physical human eye and can only be detected by those humans who have opened an extrasensory power by which one can see beings from other planes. Their voices can also be heard by those who have cultivated a similar power of the ear.

Most devas are also capable of constructing illusory forms by which they can manifest themselves to the beings of lower worlds; higher and lower devas even have to do this between each other.

Collection Klinker (according to owner)
Private French collection