Alfred and Uma

Most of the fabulousness of the National Gallery of Victoria can be attributed to Mr Alfred Felton.

The Felton Bequest.

For the Gallery to spend his money, Alfred had one simple criteria. “Works of art judged to have an educational value and to be calculated to raise and improve public taste.”

These two Cambodian pieces work for me.

| Khmer, Male deity, 11-12th century, Angkor period, sandstone |

| Khmer, Uma, 10-12 century, Angkor period, sandstone |

The goddess was purchased in 1964 and it looks like they happily found a male partner in 1971.

Lucky us.

Julia Ritson

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