Vietnam (Champa) / Standing Shiva or temple guardian (dvarapala) / ca. first half of 10th centuryVietnam (Champa)
Standing Shiva or temple guardian (dvarapala)
ca. first half of 10th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Southeast Asian; Vietnamese; Champa
Creator Dates/Places: Vietnam (Champa)
Creator Name-CRT: Vietnam (Champa)
Title: Standing Shiva or temple guardian (dvarapala)
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 900
Creation End Date: 950
Creation Date: ca. first half of 10th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Stone
Dimensions: H. 50 1/2 in. (128.3 cm)
Description: Located on a major sea route between India and China, Champa, in the central part of Vietnam, played an important role in early Southeast Asian history. This rare sculpture, which may represent either a temple guardian or the Hindu god Shiva, shows the rugged sculpting and distinctive physiognomy, particularly the prominent mustache, that typify the art of the Chams. He wears a short wrap, which features a long front pocket with an oblique upward curve, and a sash. He carries a rosary in his left hand and a club or trident in his right. An early tenth-century date is suggested by stylistic parallels to sculptures in contemporaneous buildings at Mi Son , an important site dedicated to Shiva, as well as further southeast at Khoung My.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1987.478
Credit Line: Gift of R. H. Ellsworth Ltd., in honor of Douglas Dillon, 1987
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Cham style of Khoung My or Mi Son
AMICA ID: MMA_.1987.478
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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