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A mottled red sandstone head of Avalokiteshvara
A mottled red sandstone head of Avalokiteshvara

INDIA, UTTAR PRADESH, MATHURA PERIOD, 3RD/4TH CENTURY

Details
A mottled red sandstone head of Avalokiteshvara
India, Uttar Pradesh, Mathura period, 3rd/4th century
Finely carved with heavy-lidded eyes centered by an urna, his chignon secured with a circlet with devotional figures at either side and topped by a crown with a row of Garuda figures surmounted by Amitabha flanked by adorants
6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm.) high
Provenance
The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, Chicago, acquired before 1996
Literature
Pratapaditya Pal, A Collecting Odyssey: Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art from the James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, 1997, p. 124 and 306, cat. no. 153
Exhibited
On loan to Art Institute of Chicago since 1996

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The detailed crown with the Amitabha flanked by adorants is unusual for the Mathuran period.
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