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A Black Stone Stele of Buddha and Nalagiri
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A Black Stone Stele of Buddha and Nalagiri

NORTHEASTERN INDIA, PALA PERIOD, 10TH CENTURY

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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

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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.
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