A black stone bust of Buddha Eastern India, Bihar, 11th century
Lot 1021W
A black stone bust of Buddha Eastern India, Bihar, 11th century
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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

Footnotes

  • The exact symbolism of the pair of stupas often depicted in Pala sculpture remains unclear. It has been suggested that they represent the existence of Buddhas in both the past and future, thus signifying the perpetuation of Buddhism. See Leidy, Treasures of Asian Art, 1994, p. 36.

    Provenance:
    Estate of Robert Schrimpf, France (1975-1985)
    Fraysse & Associes, Paris, September 26, 2007, no. 54
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