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