A black stone bust of Padmapani Northeast India, Pala/Sena period, 12th century
Lot 85
A black stone bust of Padmapani Northeast India, Pala/Sena period, 12th century
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A black stone bust of Padmapani Northeast India, Pala/Sena period, 12th century A black stone bust of Padmapani Northeast India, Pala/Sena period, 12th century
A black stone bust of Padmapani
Northeast India, Pala/Sena period, 12th century
Elegantly carved pinching the undulating stem of a lotus which blossoms with robust petals by his left shoulder, the Lord of Compassion with a narrow waist projecting diagonally for the tribhanga pose, wearing a diaphanous sash and sacred chord draped over his left breast and shoulder, adorned with a bands of pearls across his neck, his benevolent expression with a smile, beaked nose, and downcast eyes, flanked by upturned pendant flower bud earrings and surmounted by a crown with ribbons and his hair exquisitely arranged in a high chignon of matted locks presenting the seated Amitabha.
11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm) high

Footnotes

  • Of superior carving, the present lot is as splendid example of Pala/Sena sculpture. His intricate jewelry, headdress, and sharp facial features were designed to catch and reflect the light of flickering lamps, animating the deity before the devotee. Too, the sinuous lotus stem compliments the lithe movement of his body. Compare the refinement of these features with that of a Shiva and of attendant figures flanking Buddha on two steles held in the in Varendra Research Museum (see Lefevre & Boussac, Chefs-d'oeuvre du delta du Gange, Paris, 2008, p. 67 & 94).

    In the early 11th century the opportunist Chola emperor Rajendra seized Bengal from the Palas, who were occupied with resisting the Rastrakutas to the west, and set up a vassal dynasty, the Senas of Karnataka. With its slightly chiseled beauty, the present lot reflects a taste that the Senas appear to have brought with them (Huntington, The "Pala-Sena" Schools of Sculpture, Leiden, 1984, p. 73). Compare, for instance, the treatment and carving of the exterior of two 11th century temples in Lakkundi, Karnataka, in Dhaky, Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture: South India, New Delhi, 1996, p. 244 & 260.)

    Provenance:
    Private Italian Collection, late 1980s
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