A Black Stone Stele of Buddha and Nalagiri
Northeastern India, Pala Period, 10th Century
Standing on a lotus base flanked by an attendant and a small figure of the elephant Nalagiri crouching beside him, wearing a closely fitted sanghati with his left hand raised holding the tip of his robe, backed by an arched mandorla with flame border and two stupas flanking his head
20½ in. (52 cm.) high
The scene refers to Buddha's taming of the elephant Nalagiri, who had been inebriated by Buddha's jealous cousin Devadatta, making him wild. But Nalagiri immediately calmed down upon encountering Buddha.