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A black stone stele of Ganesha
A black stone stele of Ganesha

NORTHEASTERN INDIA, PALA PERIOD, CIRCA 10TH CENTURY

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A black stone stele of Ganesha
Northeastern India, Pala period, circa 10th century
Seated in lalitasana with his pendant foot resting on the rat, holding a mala, radish, axe and bowl of sweets in his four hands, dressed in a short striated dhoti and adorned with various jewelry, the face with curling trunk and elongated eyes flanked by wide ears and surmounted by a low chignon secured with a jeweled headband
21 in. (53.3 cm.) high
Provenance
Private collection, Europe, acquired from Sotheby's New York, 5 December 1992, lot 102

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