Date: 7th – 8th
ID No: 22.2
Location: Tra Kieu
At the top is a Linga beneath which is an ablutionary cistern, called a Yoni. A circular register in the middle links the Linga and Yoni with the four – sided base. The Yoni and the register are in a symmetrical position.The square base has lively carvings with frieze figures onand adorned with lions at each corner.
The exact meaning of this pedestal is controversial . According to Przyluski, the friezes illustrated the legend of the foundation of Funan. However, Coedes rejected this theory and said that “the scenes depict various episodes of the life of Krishna, as recounted in the Bhagavata Purana, and were devised to be viewed counterclockwise”. Some Vietnamese scholars agree that these four sides represent an extract from the Ramayana epic – The wedding of Princess Sita and Prince Rama.
This pedestal is one of the masterpieces of Cham art.