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PROPERTY OF THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART, SOLD TO BENEFIT FUTURE ACQUISITIONS

A BLACK STONE FIGURE OF BUDDHA CALLING THE EARTH TO WITNESS Eastern India, Pala period, 9th/10th Century
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 USD
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249

PROPERTY OF THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART, SOLD TO BENEFIT FUTURE ACQUISITIONS

A BLACK STONE FIGURE OF BUDDHA CALLING THE EARTH TO WITNESS Eastern India, Pala period, 9th/10th Century
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A BLACK STONE FIGURE OF BUDDHA CALLING THE EARTH TO WITNESS Eastern India, Pala period, 9th/10th Century

Provenance

Ernst Diez, acquired 27 October 1930.
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund, 1930

 

Literature

H. Hollis, 'Indian Sculpture', in The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, vol. 17, no. 10, December 1930, illus. p. 198.

Catalogue Note

This iconic representation depicts Buddha Shakyamuni at the moment of Enlightenment, under the leaves of bodhi tree. His right hand touches the earth in bhumisparsha mudra, calling the earth to witness this event. 

The outer edge of the stele is adorned with a wave motif and a band of raised pearls. Following the curve of the stele is an inscription with the Buddhist creed, in poetical rendering:

Of all things sprung from a cause
The Buddha hath revealed the cause;
Likewise he reveals how each must end.
Such is the word of the Great Sage.

Under the double-lotus base is a stepped throne, a kneeling female attendant figure with the left hand raised in offering, flanked by a pair of addorsed vyala.  

Compare the current work with another Pala-period black stone stele depicting the Buddha, see D. Barrett, "A Group of Bronzes from the Deccan," Lalit Kala, 3-4 (1956-57) pp. 39-45, pl. VII.

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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New York