A LARGE BLACK STONE FIGURE OF BUDDHA
Eastern India, Bihar, Pre-Pala, 7th Century, or early Pala period (c. 750-1200)
the Buddha with his left hand raised holding the hem of his diaphanous robe, the right lowered in varada mudra, standing on a rectangular plinth in slight abhanga against a gently curved and tapering backplate with ratna finials, a halo surrounding the head incised around the rim with Buddhist creed continuing down the right of the backplate, Maitreya kneeling below in adoration with hands in anjali mudra holding the stem of a lotus, and hair drawn up in jatamukuta
Height 42 1/2 in. (108 cm.)
Christie's New York, March 21, 2007, lot 245.
Private American Collection.
Collection of Frank Caro.
C.T. Loo, New York (before 1950) [C.T. Loo Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, negative no. (InsB) 205-209].
New York, Asia House Gallery, The Evolution of the Buddha Image, 1963, cat. no. 18.
B. Rowland, The Evolution of the Buddha Image, 1963, pl. 18, p. 132.
F. Asher, The Art of Eastern India, 300-800, 1980, pl. 146, p. 77f.