Vishnu-plaque

grey stone
North-eastern India (Pala), 10th-12th cent.
size: 13,5 x 13,5 cm; 1 cm thick

Very rare, and beautifully carved, small stone plaque, in pristine condition.
One side a seated Vishnu in the centre, flanked by the two river-goddesses Yamuna and Ganga. Above Gajlakshmi, flanked by two Apsaras; and below  Garuda, flanked by two Ganapatis.
The other side depicts the ten Avatara of Vishnu in a circle.
The sides are engraved with scroll-work.

an almost identical plaque, certainly from the same workshop, is in the Ashutosh Museum of Art in Kolkata (India), inv.nr. 241.
Another, similar, slightly larger plaque, but cast in bronze, was offered for sale at Sotheby’s New York, Sept. 2000 (nr. 147).

 

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