Catalogue no. 5 BLACK STONE TORSO OF A STANDING BUDDHA
NORTHEAST INDIA, PROBABLY BIHAR
PALA PERIOD, 9TH – 10TH CENTURY
H. 61 CMS, 24 INS
W. 37 CMS, 14 ½ INS
A large, elegant polished black stone (phyllite) torso of Buddha standing in a slight tribhanga (triple flexion), the right hand lowered in varadamudra (‘the granting of wishes) and the left hand resting on his shoulder, wearing an ankle length sanghati covering both shoulders and with cascading evenly-spaced pleats
For a related example see fig. 116 in Susan L. Huntington, The Pala-Sena Schools of Sculpture, Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1984.
Provenance: Private Belgian collection.