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A granite figure of Surya,
Tamil Nadu, 12th/13th century
Finely carved, the lithe sun god stands in a hieratic pose of tadasana, both hands holding lotus stems from bent elbows. He wears a short dhoti secured by a pendant belt and further adorned with various jewelry. His serene face is set with almond-shaped eyes and full pursed lips and crowned by a tall chignon and tresses across his shoulders, framed by an oval nimbus.
33 1/2 in. (85.1 cm.) high
Southeast Asian, Indian and Himalayan Art
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