Hindu Deity

Place Made:
Thailand: Si Thep
7th century
overall: 45 x 17 x 7-1/2 in. (114.3 x 43.2 x 19.1 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

The identity of this sculpture is uncertain because of its missing iconographical attributes and fractured state. The figure has generally been identified as the solar deity Surya because of the halo that is partially extant in addition to the octagonal miter worn by the god. This designation is, however, by no means certain as images of Vishnu and Krishna from Si Thep have similarly shaped crowns. Moreover, the short sampot worn by the figure is associated with images of Vishnu from Si Thep.

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