Vishnu Mounted on Garuda, early 9th century. Central Vietnam. Lent by Musée National des Arts Asiatiques–Guimet, Paris (MA3572) | The theme of Vishnu riding his celestial vehicle, the mythical eagle Garuda, was rarely represented in mainland Southeast Asia before the tenth century, when it became popular in Angkorian-period temple art. #LostKingdoms
Vishnu, first half of the 9th century. Central Cambodia. Lent by Musée National des Arts Asiatiques–Guimet, Paris (MG18860) | A series of single-cell brick sanctuary temples on Phnom Kulen built during the reign of Khmer king Jayavarman II are associated with a small corpus of important sculptures, including this Vishnu. Stylistically, it marks the moment of transition from the pre-Angkorian world to the beginnings of the Angkorian period. #LostKingdoms
10th C. 4 headed Hindu deity. Perhaps Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. Yet, the 3rd eye and the earrings on the central face are standard attributes of Shiva. Some propose this Sadashiva who was worshiped in the Chola period in South India. Shiva, traditionally god of destruction, is In some Hindu scripture also associated with the energy of life, and like Brahma represent creation. Tamil Nadu, India. Granite; H. 58 in.