A CARVED BLACK BASALT STELE OF VISHNU
North Eastern India, Pala Period, 11th or 12th Century
Measurements: 30 ¼” (77 cm) High; 35 ½” (90 cm) High with Base; 14”(36 cm) Wide; 5” (13 cm) Deep
The black basalt stele has a carved figure of Vishnu standing in samapadasana, holding a lotus, mace chakra and conch. The figure is dressed in a short striated dhoti and adorned with various necklaces, and bracelets. His face has a bow-shaped mouth and elongated eyes, and he wears a tall conical headdress.
The Pala dynasty ruled Bihar and Bengal between the 8th and 12th centuries.
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