Aug 1, 2011
Aug 1, 2011
Aug 1, 2011
Aug 1, 2011

Head of a Follower of Shiva

Head of a Follower of Shiva



Overall: 25 x 18 x 16 cm (9 13/16 x 7 1/16 x 6 5/16 in.); Block: 13 x 14 x 12 cm (5 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 4 3/4 in.)

Weight: 14 kg (30.86 lbs.)

Gift of Dr. Norman Zaworski in honor of Dr. Stanislaw Czuma 2012.294

Did you know?

The third eye on the forehead is a symbol of enlightenment.


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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