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


Brahma, Hinduism, Indonesia, Java
Provenance research underway.

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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