Cambodia, Angkor, 12th century
Sandstone, With base: 42 cm (16 9/16 in.). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1940.53
Khmer patrons and artists produced works of art that could depict either a deified king or a god who has royal attributes. The Khmer cult of the god-king allowed for such fluidity of interpretation. Presence of a third eye in the forehead and matted locks of hair are attributes both of the Hindu god Shiva and the followers who emulated him in order to get closer to him.
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