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    Sale 2278

    Highlights from the Star Collection: From India to Indonesia

    20 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1203

    A black stone head of Vishnu

    NORTHEASTERN INDIA, PALA PERIOD, 12TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A black stone head of Vishnu
    Northeastern India, Pala Period, 12th century
    Finely carved with benevolent expression, bow-shaped lips, round cheeks, and heavy-lidded eyes beneath sinuous brows centered by a tear-shaped urna, a row of curls issuing from the cylindrical headdress decorated with scrolling foliage, the stone smoothly polished and with remains of red pigment
    9½ in. (24 cm.) high


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    Carved with sensitivity and elegance, this is a superb example of the mature Pala style. Although not clearly identified, this is most likely a head of Vishnu, a popular deity in this context.

    Provenance

    Private Collection, America, before 2000