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A fine Northeast Indian, Pala style, phyllite stone stele with Avalokiteshvara-Lokanatha
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A fine Northeast Indian, Pala style, phyllite stone stele with Avalokiteshvara-Lokanatha

11TH/12TH CENTURY

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A fine Northeast Indian, Pala style, phyllite stone stele with Avalokiteshvara-Lokanatha
11th/12th century
Seated in rajalilasana on a lotus pericarp placed on a plinth carved with tendrils and donors, his right foot resting on a small lotus, his right hand in varadamudra, the left broken, two lotus flowers sprouting at his sides, wearing dhoti, bejewelled, his face with almond-shaped eyes, elongated earlobes with elaborate ear rings, high kiritamakuta, flanked by Hayagriva and adorant, the arched shaped backslab with the five Cosmis Buddhas at the upper register
97 cm (38 1/4 in) high (without tapering pin)
Provenance
Acquired before 1970
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Lot Essay

Avalokiteshvara is not only known as the personification of mercy (karuna), but also known as 'the Lord of the World' or Lokanatha, and it is as Lokanatha, described in sacred texts, that he is shown here. His hieratic posture reflects his sovereignty as does his throne on which he sits. In his present form he is according to iconographic texts just flanked by a devotee and Hayagriva. Would he have been associated with Hayagriva, Tara, Bhrkuti and Kumara, his Khasarpana form would be represented. Lokanatha is surrounded by the five Cosmic Buddhas which suggests that he is ruling the cosmic world too.
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