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Head of a Female Divinity

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, North, 2nd floor (Japan)

This male head, possibly of the Hindu deity Shiva, is identified by the columnar arrangement of cascading locks of hair piled on top of the head, and the third eye in the forehead. Other images in the style of Prei Khmeng or its close parallel at Sambor (both dating to the second half of the seventh century) include an Avalokiteshvara in the Musée Guimet, formerly in a private collection, with hair curling down to its forehead and the back of its neck with Amitabha in the chignon; the diadem consists of finely incised floral bands.

MEDIUM Gray sandstone
  • Place Made: Cambodia
  • DATES second half of 7th century C.E.
    DIMENSIONS 8 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2in. (20.3 x 11.4 x 11.4cm) mount (dims using mount m1): 8 3/4 × 4 3/4 × 4 1/4 in. (22.2 × 12.1 × 10.8 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1996.210.2
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1966, provenance not yet documented; before 1966, acquired by Connie Mangskau, Bangkok, Thailand; by 1966, acquired from Connie Mangskau by Michael de Havenon of New York, NY; 1996, gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, North, 2nd floor (Japan)
    CAPTION Head of a Female Divinity, second half of 7th century C.E. Gray sandstone, 8 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2in. (20.3 x 11.4 x 11.4cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon, 1996.210.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.210.2_overall_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1996.210.2_overall_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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