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Torso of a Male Divinity

Asian Art

On View: Great Hall, 1st Floor
The ancient kings of Cambodia were considered earthly manifestations of either Hindu or Buddhist deities, so icons enshrined in temples represented both god and king. Without its head or hands, the identity of this torso remains unclear, but the way that its wrapped skirt follows the contours of the waist indicates that it was carved under the patronage of Udayadityavarman II (reigned 1050–66), who was associated with the Hindu god Shiva.
MEDIUM Gray sandstone
DATES 1010-1080
DIMENSIONS 30 1/2 x 12 1/4 x 5 3/4 in.  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, 1st Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon
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CAPTION Torso of a Male Divinity, 1010-1080. Gray sandstone, 30 1/2 x 12 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon, 1996.210.1. Creative Commons-BY
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Torso of a Male Divinity