Head of Shiva

Central Vietnam

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 249

Sandstone architectural elements of this type are a regular feature of Hindu temples constructed by the Cham kingdoms of central and southern Vietnam. The temples are typically single-cell sanctuaries with a tapering tower above. They are built of fired brick with sandstone doorjambs, tympanums, and in a characteristically Cham innovation, antefixes such as this one projecting from the tower.

Head of Shiva, Sandstone, Central Vietnam

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