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Standing Shiva (?)

Angkor period
11th century
Cambodia (Angkor, Siem Reap Province)
Gilt-copper alloy, silver inlay
H. 51 1/2 in. (130.8 cm); W. 14 in. (35.6 cm); D. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
Credit Line:
From the Collection of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1988
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 249
This figure is the most intact metal image surviving from Angkor. It belongs to a small group of metal sculptures of Hindu deities associated with royal cult practices that was discovered in Khmer territories in Cambodia and northeastern Thailand. Although it defies ready identification — the gesturing hands neither conform to a standard iconographic mudra nor hold key attributes — the figure may portray Shiva in anthropomorphic form, an unusual representation in Khmer art. It is possible that the sculpture served a dual purpose, representing primarily a cult icon for worship in a royal sanctuary and also acting as an ancestor image of a deceased ruler.
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[ Spink & Son Ltd. , London, by 1988; sold to Annenberg ] ; Walter H. Annenberg , Sunnylands, CA (until 1988; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions," October 24, 2008–February 1, 2009.

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