Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Bust of Hevajra

Angkor period
late 12th–early 13th century
H. 52 in. (132.1 cm); W. 29 in. (73.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 249
This colossal bust of the Esoteric Buddhist god Hevajra comes from the ruins of the ancient site of Angkor in northwestern Cambodia. It is said to have been found near the East Gate (the Gate of the Dead) of the great walled city of Angkor Thom, built by Jayavarman VII (r. 1181–1219). The Bayon, sited at the very center of Angkor Thom, was one of the last major monuments of the Khmer empire.

This sculpture is fragmentary. The top head is missing. If the sculpture was, in fact, intended to represent the dancing Hevajra, it would have had eight arms on each side. Quite a few small bronze sculptures confirm this depiction. To judge from the rough surface of parts of this sculpture, it was never completed.
#8013: Bust of Hevajra, Part 1
: / 
#8013: Bust of Hevajra, Part 2
: / 
For Audio Guide tours and information, visit
New York. Asia House Gallery. "Ancient Cambodian Sculpture," October 9, 1969–December 7, 1969.

Related Objects

Standing Shiva (?)

Date: 11th century Medium: Gilt-copper alloy, silver inlay Accession: 1988.355 On view in:Gallery 249

Standing Ganesha

Date: second half of the 7th century Medium: Stone Accession: 1982.220.7 On view in:Gallery 245

Standing Female Deity, probably Durga

Date: ca. last quarter of the 7th century–early 8th century Medium: Stone Accession: 2000.531 On view in:Gallery 245

Guardian Lion

Date: 11th–early 12th century Medium: Stone Accession: 1979.406 On view in:Gallery 249


Date: mid-7th century Medium: Sandstone Accession: 1993.477.3 On view in:Gallery 245