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Male Deity, probably Shiva


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).

Deaccessioned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art for return to the Kingdom of Cambodia, 2023

Male Deity, probably Shiva, Sandstone, Cambodia

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