Shiva with Uma and Bull

Place Made:
Vietnam: ancient Champa kingdom
10th-11th century
24-1/4 x 18 x 7 in. (61.6 x 45.7 x 17.8 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

Champa was an ancient kingdom located in what is now Vietnam. The Cham people practiced both Hinduism and Buddhism. This sculpture represents Shiva with his bull mount, Nandi, and his wife Uma—all of whom are important deities in the Hindu pantheon. An interesting feature is the bell-shaped canopy behind the figures. This likely represents a linga, a phallic emblem associated with Shiva that symbolizes his cosmic energy. An example of a freestanding linga is exhibited across the gallery from this sculpture.

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