Dancing Shiva

East Lintel, Central Tower, Sikhoraphum
Angkor Wat style, Suryavarman II, 1113-1150

The presence of secondary figures, to either side of the central figure, is characteristic of Angkor Wat style. In the center of this magnificent lintel, ten-armed Shiva dances on a hamsa platform. Below, the kala grasps two lions by their hind legs. At Shiva's feet, from photo left to right, are Uma, Vishnu, Brahma with three visible heads, and Shiva's elephant-headed son, Ganesh. Above them, a row of flying celestials. At the bottom is a row of celestials riding dragons.