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Shiva
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Shiva is one of three Hindu Gods (Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva) which were worshipped by the Cham people from the early centuries A.D. Gradually, Shiva became a supreme God and was identical with the Champa king. In Champa sculptures, Shiva is usually carved and worshipped in the form of Linga-Yoni (male-female sexual organs). This Shiva sculpture is one of the few statues which were carved in the dancer form.

History of the Object
The God Shiva is carved in the form of a dancing girl with weapons in her hands. With a strong and flowing style, Shiva is a typical example statue of The Binh Dinh art period, one of the last styles of Champa sculpture.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Sandstone 
Measurements
Width 64 cm. Height 119 cm.  
Creator name
Champa people 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Vietnam; Binh Dinh province 
Geography
Vietnam 
Time period
AD 12th century ~ AD 12th century 
Creation date
12th Century-13th Century 
Function
Religious architectural decoration. 
Acquisition
A French scholar brought the stele to the Louis Finot Museum in the early 20th century. The National Museum of Vietnamese History inherited it from that Museum. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum of Vietnamese History 
Museum
Vietnam National Museum of History 
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