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A BUFF SANDSTONE FIGURE OF SURYA
A BUFF SANDSTONE FIGURE OF SURYA

INDIA, RAJASTHAN OR MADHYA PRADESH, 7TH/8TH CENTURY

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A BUFF SANDSTONE FIGURE OF SURYA
INDIA, RAJASTHAN OR MADHYA PRADESH, 7TH/8TH CENTURY
His torso finely carved with a tunic, beaded garland and jewelery, his face displaying a serene expression with almond-shaped eyes below raised finely arched eyebrows centered by a third eye, elongated nose and pursed lips, flanked by pierced elongated earlobes, his cascading hair set with an elaborate headdress and backed by a multi-banded nimbus behind the head
24 ¾ in. (63 cm.) high
Provenance
Spink & Son, Ltd., London, 1998
Acquired by 1999
Literature
B. Khanna, et al., Human and Divine: 2000 Years of Indian Sculpture, 2000, pp.52-53, cat.55
Exhibited
Human and Divine: 2000 Years of Indian Sculpture, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, 22 July - 17 September 2000; Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 30 September - 10 December 2000; City Art Gallery, Southampton, 12 January - 25 March 2001

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Lot Essay

Surya, god of the sun, is among the most ancient of Hindu deities, stemming from earlier Vedic tradition. Almost always wearing a tall crown and backed by an elaborate nimbus reminiscent of sun rays, he is regal in posture and ornamentation. Certain traits in the present example - such as the scarf tied like a cape around the shoulders and the band of mail along his chest - not only identify him has Surya, but are distinctive to his stylistic and iconographic treatment in northern Indian representations from Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh.

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