Colossal Head of a Deva

c. 1200
Location: not on view
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The deity’s conical tiara consists of a diadem with floral decoration and is topped by a five-tiered lotus narrowing upward.


This head is from one of the gods (devas in Sanskrit) who, according to Hindu myth, churned the primordial Ocean of Milk to extract the nectar of immortality. Using a mountain as a churning rod and a serpent as the rope, the gods on one side and the demons on the other vied to win the nectar. The gods prevailed and achieved immortality.
Colossal Head of a Deva

Colossal Head of a Deva

c. 1200

Cambodia, possibly Banteay Chhmar

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