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  Parasurama

 

Cambodia

Bronze statue of what is believed is to be Parasurama, the sixth avatara of Vishnu, described as a descendant of Brahma and apprentice of Shiva. He is holding an axe, an attribute which he received after undertaking terrible penance to please Shiva, who in turn taught him the martial arts. Alternatively, it could be Balarama, holding his ploughshare (fig.).