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A Black Stone Stele of Vishnu
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A Black Stone Stele of Vishnu

EASTERN INDIA OR BENGAL, 10TH/11TH CENTURY

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A Black Stone Stele of Vishnu
Eastern India or Bengal, 10th/11th Century
Standing in samapada holding the mace, chakra and conch, wearing a long garland of buds, large earrings and an elaborate crown, flanked on either side by his consorts Lakshmi with a fly whisk and Sarasvati with the string instrument denoting her role as the goddess of learning and the arts, the arched mandorla carved with lions atop elephants
28 7/8 in. (73.2 cm.) high
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