Chandella king and priest
Buff sandstone with earth pigments, Madhya Pradesh, Central India, 10th/11th Century
The two figures stand frontally slightly turned towards each other with two hands overlapping and holding a pleated sash that wraps around the arm of the left figure. Each figure sports a long beard and groomed mustache; their hair is pulled back into a thick knot; each face is defined by high arching brows tapering into long pointed noses and distended earlobes indicating their royal stature. The left figure's left hand is raised in the middle in pranamudra, surmounted by a zoomorphic naga like image. Each figure is dressed in diaphanous patterned dotis, secured by pleated sashes.
14 ¾ in. (37.5 cm) high