A sandstone stele of Kurukulla
Eastern India, Pala Period, 9th/10th century
The young goddess seated in sattvasana above a broad-leafed lotus throne, with her four arms she offers the gesture of assurance with a lotus blossom issuing from the center of her primary right palm, and her other, limp and upraised, recoiling from a fired arrow, in her left hands she clutches the stem of a lotus which blossoms by her shoulder with curved petals and robust stamen, and her slack bow, she is adorned with a sacred thread that mimics her curves as it runs across her waist and over her breast with revealed nipple, and bedecked with armbands and a necklace of classic Pala style, her face with a sweet smile carved in high relief and slender, undulating eyes, flanked by large earrings piercing her lobes, and centered by a rectangular urna, below a tiara with side ribbons flailing upwards on the petal-shaped mandorla, and two leaves flanking the lotus-born Buddha Amitabha at center with hands resting in dhyana mudra presented before her five-tiered rounded chignon crowned with a blooming lotus bud.
28 1/8 in. (71.4 cm) high
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