A black stone stele of Uma Mahesvara Northeast India Pala period, circa 11th century
Lot 46W
A black stone stele of Uma Mahesvara Northeast India Pala period, circa 11th century
Sold for US$ 16,250 inc. premium
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***Cataloged by Julian-Edit*** A black stone Uma Mahesvara Northeast India Pala period, circa 11th century
Lot Details
A black stone stele of Uma Mahesvara
Northeast India Pala period, circa 11th century
Shiva seated in rajalinasana with his consort Uma on a lotus base protected by Nandi and a lion, his right hand lovingly raising his consort's chin, the other wrapped around her waist holding her left breast, Uma seated on his left thigh holds a mirror, each are are bare-chested, wearing only dhotis, and adorned in jewelry, the prabhamandala above with kirtimukha at the crest flanked by garland-bearing apsaras.
29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm) high

Footnotes

  • The greenish black stone and smooth polished patina is similar to that of a Manjushri stele dated to the 2nd half of the 11th century from West Bengal or Bangladesh, see Pratapaditya Pal, Asian Art at The Norton Simon Museum, Art from the Indian Subcontinent, Pasadena, 2003, no. 149.

    Also compare with a closely related example of the same subject in the Museo d'Arte Orientale, Turin, (Inp/28), and another in the Varendra Museum, Rajshahi, Bangladesh, (Huntington Archive #13035). Also see an example sold at Sotheby's, New York, June 2, 1992, lot 78.

    Provenance:
    Private Collection, Los Angeles
    Acquired by the present owners father in 1970s
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