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Bust of Five-Headed Shiva
Ganesha

Ganesha

Ganesha, with the head of an elephant, is the son of the Hindu deity Shiva. He holds prayer beads in his right upper hand, while his trunk bends downwards to grasp some treats from a small bowl. The axe in his ... More

Shiva
Two Bells, bronze

Two Bells, bronze

These ritual bells were suspended from chains or in a frame, and rung by being struck with a stick. In Buddhist rituals they serve to attract believers’ attention, while in Hindu rituals they invite the presenc... More

Vishnu

Vishnu

This statuette of the Hindu god Vishnu has undergone some modifications in the course of time. The deity holds a discus (cakra) in his raised right hand, while his lowered left hand probably rested on a club (g... More

Three-headed Vishnu

Three-headed Vishnu

Vishnu is represented here with two extra heads, that of a lion and that of a boar. Originally he also had four arms. This manifestation of the Hindu god was especially popular in Kashmir between the 8th and 10... More

Indra, Chief of the Gods LACMA 60.52.2 (1 of 2)

Indra, Chief of the Gods LACMA 60.52.2 (1 of 2)

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Indra,_Chief_of_the_Gods_LACMA_60.52.2_(1_of_2).jpg ) ..Description..Title.Indra, Chief of the Gods (image 1 of 2)..Description..: Indonesia... More

Lintel

Lintel

This monster – who is traditionally identifed with the demon Kala – protected the entrances to Hindu and Buddhist temples against evil spirits. The stone was once placed above the entrance to one of the 240 sma... More

Nandishvara

Nandishvara

Nandishvara is one of the two guards at the entrance to temples of the Hindu god Shiva. He has the appearance of an elegant young man and stands on Shiva’s right side. In one hand he holds a circle of prayer be... More

Brahma

Brahma

The Hindu deity Brahma is easy to recognize by his four faces, each directed toward one of the four cardinal directions. He is revered as the creator of the universe and is often part of the group of supreme de... More

Male deity

Male deity

This figure comes from one of the shrines at Candi Loro Jonggrang, the largest Hindu temple complex in Central Java. The three most important temples in the complex are dedicated to the gods Shiva, Vishnu and B... More

Seated Four-Armed Ganesha, bronze

Seated Four-Armed Ganesha, bronze

Central Javanese period

Weapon Handle with Ganesha

Weapon Handle with Ganesha

Eastern Javanese period

Ganesha

Ganesha

Hindu religion and mythology feature elements of the animal world. The Hindu god Shiva is often depicted riding on a bull, but is here shown supported by a seated figure with a bull’s head. Animal strength is a... More

Shiva, Parvati, and Ganesha

Shiva, Parvati, and Ganesha

Shiva was the most important Hindu deity of ancient Java. Great temples were dedicated to him and images of him were made in stone, bronze, and precious metal. This pair of silver statuettes shows him together ... More

Shiva

Shiva

The Hindu deity Shiva holds a jar of sacred water in his lower left hand and prayer beads in his upper right hand. We know from the smaller silver statuette nearby that in his two other hands he probably held a... More

Shiva, Parvati, and Ganesha

Shiva, Parvati, and Ganesha

Shiva was the most important Hindu deity of ancient Java. Great temples were dedicated to him and images of him were made in stone, bronze, and precious metal. This pair of silver statuettes shows him together ... More

Shiva

Shiva

Hindu religion and mythology feature elements of the animal world. The Hindu god Shiva is often depicted riding on a bull, but is here shown supported by a seated figure with a bull’s head. Animal strength is a... More

Lintel

Lintel

This head of a monster once adorned the top of a niche in the wall of a small shrine at Candi Loro Jonggrang, a large Hindu temple complex in Central Java. The term candi is used in Indonesia to denote both Hin... More

Brahma and Shiva

Brahma and Shiva

The Hindu god Brahma, creator of the physical world, can be easily identified by his four faces, which survey the four cardinal directions. He was considered a secondary deity and very few temples are dedicated... More

Shiva, Parvati, and Ganesha

Shiva, Parvati, and Ganesha

Shiva was the most important Hindu deity of ancient Java. Great temples were dedicated to him and images of him were made in stone, bronze, and precious metal. This pair of silver statuettes shows him together ... More

Brahma and Shiva

Brahma and Shiva

The Hindu god Brahma, creator of the physical world, can be easily identified by his four faces, which survey the four cardinal directions. He was considered a secondary deity and very few temples are dedicated... More

Standing Shiva, bronze, India