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