Museum Quality Ancient Hindu Temple God Surya in Stone, India
Detail: Surya, the supreme light, is the chief solar deity in Hinduism. In Shaivite theology, Surya is said to be one of the eight forms of Shiva. This head in a beige hard stone (appears to be harder than sandstone) is said to be 600+ years old. This head was part of a larger – perhaps free-standing – stela carved in relief with other Hindu figures. We acquired this about 10 years ago from a semi-permanent collection of a fine art gallery in Massachusetts.
The head sits on a hardwood base. The attachment is less than elegant. See images. For the Serious Collector.