Kneeling male deity

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Historical period(s)
9th century
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 14 × 7.6 × 11.4 cm (5 1/2 × 3 × 4 1/2 in)
Geography
Indonesia, Java
Credit Line
Promised gift of Ann and Gilbert Kinney to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
LTS2015.3.9
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 26b: Power in Southeast Asia
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Sculpture
Type

Sculpture

Keywords
Buddhism, Hinduism, Indonesia, Java
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

On top of the lotus—a marker of the divine—a figure sits on one knee. Although this deity appears often in reliefs from the Khmer kingdom, which once encompassed present-day Cambodia and much of Thailand, his identity remains a mystery. The bronze figure takes the same asymmetrical posture: one knee raised and one hip lifted, as if ready to stand. Look closely to see the ends of reins in his hands and his lotus seat, which suggest he represents a divine charioteer.

Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
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Rights Statement

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