Siva on Nandi

1409 or 1410

Object Place: Vietnam


Height x width: 25 9/16 x 17 11/16 x 12 5/8 in. (65 x 45 x 32 cm)

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South and Southeast Asian Art Gallery (Gallery 176)






Long inscription on reverse names King Virabhadravarmadeva, describes his meritorious achievements, and credits the commissioning of a palace and a statue of Shiva to him. It also includes the date 1331 in the Saka calendar, which corresponds to 1409/10.


By 1901, discovered at the sanctuary of Drang Lai, Cheo Reo (now Ayun Pa), Gai Lai Province, Vietnam [see note 1]; between 1902 and 1904, taken from Drang Lai to the temple of Yang Mum, Gai Lai Province, where it was photographed [see note 2]; 1927, moved from the temple of Yang Mum to the Musée de Touraine (later the Musée Parmentier; now the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture), Da Nang [see note 3]. 1986, sold by Ken J. J. Baars (dealer), Surrey, England, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 17, 1986)

[1] See Bulletin de l’Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient 1901, p. 413; and Henri Parmentier, “Nouvelles Decouvertes Archéologiques en Amman, III: La Tour de Cheo Reo,” Bulletin de l’Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient, 1902, p. 282.

[2] Bulletin de l’Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient 1904, p. 535; Henri Parmentier, Inventaire descriptif des monuments cams de l’Annam (1909), pp. 561-563, figure 129.

[3] Bulletin de l’Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient 1927, p. 460; Arlo Griffiths and Amandine Lepoutre, Corpus of the Inscriptions of Campa (publication forthcoming); see:

In 2012, the MFA contacted the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture inquiring about the history of the Siva. In 2015, a representative of the Museum responded, informing the MFA that it is not known when and how the sculpture left Da Nang. The MFA has asked to be informed if any new information comes to light.

Credit Line

Charles Bain Hoyt Fund