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Harihara, c. 700

Cambodia or Vietnam, 695-799
overall: 26 x 11-3/4 x 5 in. (66 x 29.8 x 12.7 cm)
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Harihara is the name for the composite form of the Hindu gods Vishnu (hari) and Shiva (hara). Images of Harihara in South and Southeast Asian art depict the gods joined along a vertical axis, with Vishnu on the left and Shiva on the right. Harihara was a popular deity among Khmer Hindu kings during the 7th century and late 8th century because of his awesome power, derived from the combined forces of Vishnu and Shiva.

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