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A black stone stele of Buddha
A black stone stele of Buddha

NORTHEASTERN INDIA, PALA PERIOD, 10TH/11TH CENTURY

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A black stone stele of Buddha
Northeastern India, Pala period, 10th/11th century
Seated in dhyanasana on a double-lotus base with his hands in bhumisparsamudra, clad in a sheer sanghati with the folds piled below the ankles, the face with gentle smile and heavy-lidded eyes flanked by pendulous earlobes, the hair in tight curls over the prominent ushnisha backed by a nimbus, flanked by diminutive stupas and surmounted by a parasol and the fronds of a tree, all surrounded by a flaming border with a lengthy inscription on the front
12 in. (30.5 cm.) high
Provenance
Private collection, Midwestern United States, by January 1968
Literature
"Romantic Towers for Today," House & Garden, February 1968, pp. 46-63

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