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Section of the throne back of a large image
Place of Origin: India, Bihar state
Date: 900-1100
Materials: Muscovite-biotite schist (pelitic schist)
Style or Ware: Pala
Dimensions: H. 49 1/2 in x W. 22 in x D. 9 1/2 in, H. 123.2 cm x W. 55.9 cm x D. 24.1 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the Asian Art Foundation
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B70S7
On Display: Yes
Location: Gallery 2

Description

Label: Compare this scultpure to a large standing figure of the Hindu deity Vishnu (B6254+). The Vishnu stands in front of an elaborate throne back. To his right and left, at the level of his arms, the throne back is decorated with elephants, warriors, and a rearing lion-like creature. This sculpture probably formed part of the throne back for a very large figure, either Hindu or Buddhist. One piece of the same type and size is still in place in the throne of a huge seated Buddha in Kauvadol, Bihar state. The stone of which this sculpture is made is specific to eastern India.
Label: Compare this scultpure to a large standing figure of the Hindu deity Vishnu (B6254+). The Vishnu stands in front of an elaborate throne back. To his right and left, at the level of his arms, the throne back is decorated with elephants, warriors, and a rearing lion-like creature. This sculpture probably formed part of the throne back for a very large figure, either Hindu or Buddhist. One piece of the same type and size is still in place in the throne of a huge seated Buddha in Kauvadol, Bihar state. The stone of which this sculpture is made is specific to eastern India.