17 September 2003
An Important Large Black Stone Head of a Crowned Buddha
Northeastern India, Bihar, Pala Period, 10th/11th Century
His face very well carved with a benevolent expression, bow-shaped mouth with pursed lips, heavy-lidded downcast eyes beneath gently arched brows in relief, wearing a high crown with foliate triangular panels interspersed with lotus flowers, a neat line of curls issuing from beneath the crown onto his forehead, the stone smoothly polished
19 in. (48.2 cm.) high
Nasli M. Heeramaneck Collection
Pan-Asian Collection (acquired in 1972), previously sold at Sotheby's New York, 5 October 1990, lot 60
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On loan to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1973-77; and to the Denver Art Museum, 1977-82.
Compare with a similar example in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, see R. Ward and P. J. Fidler (eds.), The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. A Handbook of the Collection, 1993, ill. p. 382.
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