Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Male Deity, probably Shiva

Angkor period
mid-11th century
H. 45 3/4 in. (116.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Margery and Harry Kahn, 1987
Accession Number:
Not on view
This four-armed male deity has a high chignon of coiled dreadlocks (jatamukuta) secured with a jeweled band, a moustache, and a bearded chin. He wears a pleated waist-skirt (sampot), a portion of which is drawn between the thighs and knotted behind. Five pleats are formed by the folding of the garment in front, and a jeweled belt sash helps to secure it. This figure likely formed the centerpiece
of a triad in a chapel of an unidentified temple in the vicinity of Angkor Thom. Its style relates to sculptures recorded from the Baphuon temple, a monumental step-pyramid dedicated to Shiva, built as the state temple by King Udayadityavarman II (r. 1050–66).
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