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The Hindu God Shiva
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The Hindu God Shiva


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Description Shiva, recognizable by the crescent moon on his piled-up hair, is a Hindu god who was revered by the kings of 10th-century Cambodia. He wears a knee-length skirt tied in the back with distinctive pleated “double-anchor” or “fishtail” pendants in front. In the 9th century the city of Angkor emerged as one of the most magnificent metropolises of Southeast Asia. Hundreds of Hindu and Buddhist temples, adorned with sculptures like this one, were built in and around the city by powerful kings of the Khmer Empire, which ruled much of Southeast Asia from the 9th to the 15th century.
Provenance Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Southeast Asian Art Collection; given to Walters Art Museum, 2002.
Credit Gift from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Southeast Asian Art Collection, 2002

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mid 10th century
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sandstone
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Accession Number
25.229
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H: 27 3/4 x W: 9 15/16 x D: 5 3/16 in. (70.5 x 25.3 x 13.2 cm); Figure on mount H: 28 1/4 in. (71.76 cm)
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