G623 RED SANDSTONE HEAD OF A MALE DEITY
INDIA, PROBABLY RAJASTHAN, MEDIEVAL PERIOD, 10TH – 11TH CENTURY
H. 26 CMS, 10 ¼ INS.
A finely carved red sandstone head of a male deity, possibly Vishnu or Surya, with a benign expression and wearing heavy earrings and a tall jewelled mukuta (crown)
Vishnu, together with Brahma and Siva, is one of the members of the Hindu trimurti (Skt. ‘Triple Form’), while Surya is the Hindu God of the Sun.
For a complete figure of Surya from Rajasthan with a similar headdress, see cat. no. 44 in Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Arts of India and Nepal: The Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, Boston: MFA, 1966.
Provenance: Private English collection.