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Auction: Indian and Southeast Asian Art
was auctioned on: 18 September 2013
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A large and important black stone stele of Buddha's descent ...

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Estimate: US$250,000 - US$350,000
Price realised:  US$279,750
Lot number 237, Views: 99

A large and important black stone stele of Buddha's descent from Trayastrimsha Heaven
NORTHEASTERN INDIA, PALA PERIOD, CIRCA 10TH CENTURY
A large and important black stone stele of Buddha's descent from Trayastrimsha Heaven Northeastern India, Pala period, circa 10th century Standing on a double-lotus base with his right hand in varadamudra and his left holding the folds of his diaphanous sanghati , adorned with a torq and lotiform earrings, the face with gentle smile and downcast eyes centered by a raised urna , the hair in loose curls at the forehead and surmounted by a foliate tiara, backed by a nimbus and torana supporting two diminutive stupas and flanked by Brahma and Indra, who holds a parasol above Buddha's head 48¼ in. (122.4 cm.) high

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Indian and Southeast Asian Art
Date of the auction: 18 Sep 2013
Address: Christie's
18 September 2013, New York, Rockefeller Center