Hindu Deity
7th century
Asia: Thailand, Phetchabun, Si Thep
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.


  • Title: Hindu Deity
  • Date: 7th century
  • Medium: Sandstone
  • Dimensions: 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: M.1980.13.S
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art: Selections from the Norton Simon Museum, fig. 1 pp. 60-61
  • Lerner, Martin, The Connoisseur, pp. 200-201
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Marg, fig. 21 pp. 74-75
  • Knoke, Christine, Minerva, fig. 6 p. 28
  • Czuma, Stanislaw, The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1980, fig. 12 pp. 235-236
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, American Collectors of Asian Art, 1986, fig. 21 pp. 138 - 139
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 3: Art from Sri Lanka & Southeast Asia, 2004, no. 82 pp. 102-103, 112-113, 116, 179, 188
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 899; cat.1012 pp. 349, 362
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1012 p. 362
  • Woodward, Hiram, Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, 2010, p. 91
  • Melody Rod-ari, Journal of the History of Collections, 2015, fig. 6 p. 486
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