Cambodia or Vietnam
Stone; 35 1/2 x 13 3/8 in. (90.2 x 34 cm)
Purchase, Laurance S. Rockefeller Gift and Anonymous Gift, 1977 (1977.241)
The veneration of a composite of Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) was popular in the Mekong Delta area in the seventh and eighth centuries. Shiva, with his vertical third eye and piled matted hair, is on the right, while the left side is Vishnu, identified by his tall miter. Such Hari-Hara images are known from India, but this form was more popular in Southeast Asia. Like other Pre-Angkor sculptures, the surface was originally highly polished, sections of which are still visible at the back.