a north indian, bihar, pala period, phyllite stone figure of probably marici

10TH CENTURY

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a north indian, bihar, pala period, phyllite stone figure of probably marici
10th century
Standing in pratyalidhasana on a lotus base, flanked by a small lion to her right foot, her eight arms radiating around her body, her principle hands holding both a vajra, the other hands with needle, arrow, sword, wheel, bow and string, wearing pleated sari, bejewelled, her head with three faces, the central one with serene expression, urna, smiling lips, elongated earlobes with circular earrings, five-leaf tiara in front of a bejewelled shaped conical headdress, flanked by two other heads including a boar's head, flaming backslab behind
73 cm high

Lot Essay

Although the divinity probably represents the boar-headed Marici, it is not to be excluded that she might be a, presently, still unknown female goddess, as no consulted iconographic work describe her with the depicted attributes. Actually these attributes are more or less standard for the all-encompassing male divinity Trailokyavijaya, but than the boar-head is not depicted and he should have four instead of three heads.

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