Historical period(s)
late 9th century
Medium
High tin bronze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 19.7 × 7.6 × 9 cm (7 3/4 × 3 × 3 9/16 in)
Geography
Indonesia, Central Java
Credit Line
Promised gift of Ann and Gilbert Kinney to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Collection
Long-term loan
Accession Number
LTS2015.3.5
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Sculpture
Type

Sculpture

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

Brahma is the Hindu god associated with creation of the universe. In Indonesian sculpture he is often given an ascetic expression that closely associates him with Shiva. Here he holds Shiva's attributes of rosary, flywhisk, and waterpot. The staff once supported a trident. However, the deity's four faces and the goose vehicle (hamsa) at his feet identify him as Brahma.

Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
F|S Southeast Asia
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