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- Object: Seated Bodhisattva
Seated Bodhisattva in 'dhyānamudrā', originally perhaps with radiating manifestations. The uttarīya forms a semi-circular edge in the lap and covers the left arm down to the elbow, but no clear ends are visible. The paridhāna has almost pointed ends falling over the left leg and onto the seat. Bare feet appear under the wrists.
The head is vertically sliced in front of the ears, which have earrings with short pendent strings of beads. The surviving hair is prominently curled at the sides, with pierced locks, and falls in wavy strands onto the shoulders.
The torso is broad with raised breasts and nipples and indications of musculature above the indrawn waist and large navel. The collar is set with circular and rectangular stones; the bead necklace of multiple strands is held together by annular sleeves at the sides and by a larger cylindrical bead in the middle; two strings of beads joined by a connecting bead or sleeve loop over the right shoulder; and a cord holds three cylindrical boxes, one perhaps faceted, and one spherical amulet. The incomplete armlet has a plain disc in a circular setting and the double bracelet combines a plain bangle with one set with small pyramidal stones. The hands lie almost flat.
The gynoecium which serves as a seat is incised with small circles above a high tapering neck rising out of rows of lotus petals, the upper short and vertical, the lower much longer, double and vertically grooved, pointing downwards. The frame below it is moulded with fillets.
On the Bodhisattva's left a headless half-length figure, perhaps a nāga and wearing a collar, emerges from a small lotus with a single row of grooved petals; he extends his arms under the petals of the Bodhisattva's lotus base. Just above, on a slant, is a very damaged but similar lotus base with downward stamens and pointed, centrally grooved petals. What may be feet on this pedestal suggest a standing figure, perhaps one of several radiating to each side of the Bodhisattva, who, given his size, may have been the principal figure of a panel.
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Diameter: 8.30 centimetres
Height: 46.40 centimetres
Width: 36.90 centimetres
- Not on display
- 1.Grey schist, broken, chipped and rejoined.
2.Head sliced vertically leaving an uneven surface; forward part of head vertically reattached with tinted make-up; hands and right knee partly lost.
3.Sides of shallow backplate irregular but almost follow outline of figure.
4.Regular cramp mortise on bottom right; rough opening to left may be another damaged. 5.Bottom roughly flat with short chisel grooves.
6.Back with mainly horizontal chisel grooves.
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- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from General C. S. MacLean.
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