Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Harihara

Period:
pre-Angkor period
Date:
late 7th–early 8th century
Culture:
Southern Cambodia
Medium:
Sandstone
Dimensions:
H. 35 1/2 in. (90.2 cm); W. 13 3/8 in. (34 cm); D. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Laurance S. Rockefeller Gift and Anonymous Gift, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.241
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 245
In Harihara imagery, Shiva is represented as the right half of the deity, his vertical third eye, lightly incised into the forehead, truncated at the Vishnu divide. The facial features are undifferentiated, unlike in their Indian counterparts, where a masculine and feminine cast is given to each half. This Harihara makes clear the extent to which the Khmer conception differentiated the two deities only in the partition of the headdress into a combined jatamukuta-miter and in the provision of half of a third eye on Shiva’s side. The popularity of this hybrid deity was largely confined to the seventh century in Cambodia.

cat. no. 92
Related Objects

Standing Ganesha

Date: second half of the 7th century Medium: Stone Accession: 1982.220.7 On view in:Gallery 245

Buddha

Date: mid-7th century Medium: Sandstone Accession: 1993.477.3 On view in:Gallery 245

Brahma

Date: first quarter of the 10th century Medium: Sandstone Accession: 36.96.3 On view in:Gallery 249

Standing Female Deity, probably Durga

Date: ca. last quarter of the 7th century–early 8th century Medium: Stone Accession: 2000.531 On view in:Gallery 245

Seated Buddha

Date: 7th–8th century Medium: Sandstone Accession: 1980.526.3 On view in:Gallery 245