Collection of the late Dr. J.R. Belmont, Basel. Sotheby's London, 27 February 1967, lot 53. Sotheby's New York, 21 and 22 March 1990, lot 277.
For variations on the type, compare with two Pala steles depicting Buddha Shakyamuni, see S. Kramrisch, Pala and Sena Sculpture, 1929, no. 16, and also S. L. Huntington, The "Pala-Sena" Schools of Sculpture, 1984, nos. 39 and 103.
Wear, accretion and surface abrasion and staining throughout. With visible inscription along throne base and stele edges. Scattered loses include: nose, lips, chin, proper left eye and proper left throne corner. With visible areas of fill at reverse which indicate previous breaks including a horizontal fill line across the back of the sculpture, and a vertical fill line from the stele apex to the horizontal fill line. With " L67.31.12" in red paint on verso. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.