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Architectural Piece with Makara

Architectural Piece with Makara, c.1100

Vietnam: ancient Champa kingdom, 1075-1125
35-1/2 x 41-3/8 in. (90.2 x 105.1 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
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Shown in profile, a mythical aquatic creature (makara) is about to swallow a male figure who holds a sword. In Indian mythology, heroes are said to extract pearls from the makara's mouth.

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