Description The god Brahma is best known for his role in the Hindu pantheon as creator of the universe, but he also has a place in the Buddhist traditions as a protector of the "dharma" (Buddhist teachings). This sculpture was most likely made during the reign of the Buddhist king Jayavarman VII (r. 1181-ca. 1218), when many Hindu deities were incorporated into the practices of Khmer Buddhism. Brahma's four faces, which look in all four directions at once, signal his omniscience.
- Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Brahmanical Temple (Bot Phram), Bangkok; Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, Maryland, July 1949 ; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1992.  Presented to the Breezewood Foundation, December 1960, inv. no. 490 (originally no. 863)
Credit Bequest of A. B. Griswold, 1992
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