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A black stone bust of Buddha
Eastern India, Bihar, 11th century
The Buddha is set against an arched prabhamandala with raised edges incised with flames and two stupas carved in high relief. Behind his tall three-petal crown are two large leaves carved in low relief. The Buddha is adorned with an elaborate pectoral and large foliate earrings and he wears a diaphanous robe that falls in delicate pleats across his torso and left arm, leaving the right shoulder bare. His face is modeled with the classic downcast almond-shaped eyes, high cheek bones, and full pursed lips.
17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm.) high