- pre-Angkor period
- mid- 7th century
- Southern Cambodia
- H. 24 in. (61 cm); W. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm); D. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1987
- Accession Number:
Sculptures of Shiva in human form began to appear in Khmer art in the seventh century, probably in response to the rising popularity of the Vaishnava cult that celebrated Vishnu as a king-like divinity, accessible and benign. The slim, almost adolescent figure displays a disconcerting realism in the modeling of the pectoral muscles and the subtle suggestion of the underlying ribcage. Yet the face is strong and authoritative—the face of a stern god—with a mustache, full lips, and strong arched eyebrows. A vertical third eye marks the forehead.
cat. no. 90
[ Obsidian , London, until 1987, sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century," April 14, 2014–July 27, 2014.