Asia: India, Tamil Nadu
On View

Surya is the sun god within the Hindu pantheon. As is customary, he holds two partially opened lotus flowers. This befits his role
as the source of light, as the lotus buds will open fully under the nourishing rays of the sun.


  • Title: Surya
  • Date: 800-850
  • Medium: Granite
  • Dimensions: 58-1/2 x 22 x 10 in. (148.6 x 55.9 x 25.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1975.16.05.S
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

  • Dehejia, Vidya, Asian Art: Selections from the Norton Simon Museum, fig. 4 p. 38
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 1: Art from the Indian Subcontinent, 2003, no. 165 pp. 214-215
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1214 p. 383
Audio Tour
English | Español
Audio Tour Transcript
English | Español
English | Español
Transcripción de Audioguía
English | Español

Image reproduction permission may be granted for scholarly or arts related commercial use. All image requests, regardless of their intended purpose, should be submitted via the reproduction request form.

Images may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. Additional permission may be required.

Approved requests for the reproduction of an image will receive a contract detailing all fees and conditions of use of the image. Upon receipt of both the signed contract and full payment, the Office of Rights and Reproductions will provide the image. A complimentary copy of the published material must be provided to the Norton Simon Museum.

Reproduction Request Form