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Crowned  (Throned) Buddha Northeast Indian , Palastyle phylite stone stele 10th cent.; Height 60 cm; aqcuired <1970; Christies sale 2005

“crowned Pala Buddha” sized H61xW33xD16 cm, referring to Taintadigrāma (modern Tetrawan), and donated by the son of a Pādamūlika (day-labourer) who was 'born in' Tetrawan in Bihar, according to the inscription on its pedestal.©

Lit.& ref. to Dr Nicolas Revire and Mrs Claudine Bautze-Picron: the famous "Ye dharma" so-called Buddhist creed in Sanskrit, but then it continues with a dedication probably mentioning the name of the donor.  Dr Rajat Sanyal of Calcutta University to provide the full reading. They would like then to publish this Buddha image with its inscription. (2021) An important and authentic Pala piece >10th century.

Profenance: sale Christies Amsterdam 2675; lot #35: quote the catalog : Northeast Indian Palastyle phylite stone stele with crowned Buddha 10th/11th century; Buddha seated in pralambapadasana or a throne with both feet resting on a lotus and with the Wheel of Life flanked by a pair of deer below, both hands in dharmacakramadra, wearing a pleated cloak, modern head flanked by maifreya and padmapani, a pair stupas above and a parasol at the centre of the arched backslab, below a lengthy inscription, including the Buddhist Creed, in a imageri (=Sanskrit) script.

Acquired before 1970

Quote                                                                                                             referring to Taintadigrāma, that identify with modern Tetrawan. The other one referring to the same village is on display in the Indian Museum and still remains improperly studied and unidentified.Unquote


APSARA Height 20x W7.5xD 5.5 cm; Pala? Gandhara>Gandharva? period.

Hard stone; The apsara (?) dances to the music made by the Gandharvas, who are the musicians in the court of lord Indra; Here in the statue the dancer is depicted playing dholak

The Gandharva Kali and Dwapara, probably were princes from Gandhara. The last two Yugas (prehistoric periods) were named after them. Kuru King Dhritarashtra's wife was from Gandhara (a Gandharvi) and she was well known by the name Gandhari. There was a Gandhrava also by the name Dhritarashtra.

Ivory Buddha altar;1850; h 17 x w 14 cm; ex Auistria

india brass shrine; h 36xd16xw16 cm

two down bronze H. 14 cm

Ghanessa, albast; H. 24 xw 15 cm

Antique Vintage Indian Asian Sterling (?) Silver playing Musician Figure; H 24 cm; 19th cent.


Kavaad. 500 Year Old Art of Story Telling With Tales from The Ramayan Hand Crafted In Wood - 30 Cm Tall

This exclusive 15 cm tall  "Kawad" is an amazing folded wooden Hindu mythology history book whose origin is more than 500 years old.

Each hinged panel and door displays colourful hand painted pictures and intricate motifs illustrating the story of the great epic of Lord Krishna, Ram and Sita fro the Ramayan.

These portable hindu mythology "Kavaads" are hand crafted by artisans of Rajasthan in mango wood following a 500 year old tradition and then painted with vegetable dyes.

The story is hand drawn and painted with a fine brush by master storytellers called "Kawariya bhats" who originally travelled from village to village chanting the tales of Mahabharata and Ramayan and used these as a mini theatre for story telling.

Each kawad had a bottom drawer which was used to collect donation from the village folks once the story teller was finished with his storytelling.  


Khajraho; a pair of bas relief  woodcarvings; w45xh10 cm; in research; Ramayana carved plinth?

Another reference: Aihole (pronounced "Eye-hoé"), also referred to as Aivall, Ahivolal or Aryapura, is a historic site of ancient and medieval era Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments in north Karnataka, India dated from the fourth century through the twelfth century CE. Located around an eponymous small village surrounded by farmlands and sandstone hills, Aihole is a major archaeological site featuring over one hundred and twenty stone and cave temples from this period, spread along the Malaprabha river valley, in Bagalakote district.

Aihole is 22 miles (35 km) from Badami and about 6 miles (9.7 km) from Pattadakal, both of which are major centers of historically important Chalukya monuments. Aihole, along with nearby Badami (Vatapi), emerged by the 6th century as the cradle of experimentation with temple architecture, stone artwork, and construction techniques. This resulted in 16 types of free-standing temples and 4 types of rock-cut shrines.[5] The experimentation in architecture and arts that began in Aihole yielded the group of monuments at Pattadakal, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Over one hundred Aihole temples are Hindu, a few are Jain and one is Buddhist. These were built and coexisted in close proximity. The site is spread over about 5 square kilometres (1.9 sq mi). The Hindu temples are dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, Durga, Surya and other Hindu deities. The Jain Basadi temples are dedicated to Mahavira, Parshvanatha, Neminatha and other Jain Tirthankaras. The Buddhist monument is a monastery. Both Hindu and Jain monuments include monasteries, as well as social utilities such as stepwell water tanks with artistic carvings near major temples.


.Ganesha, sandstone; in research

Pala buddha H.26 x W 25 xD7 cm

Black fragment of a stéle with lotus sitting Buddha sakyamuni (East India, Pala dynasty 10th cent). One in blackstone (Phyllite) made carved/hacked stéle.  Pala period; north-east India 8-13th (?) cen.


H26xw25xd7 cm

Black fragment of a stéle with lotus sitting Buddha sakyamuni (East India, Pala dynasty 10th cent). One in blackstone (Phyllite) made, carved/hacked stéle

Reference to another one *:

  • Finished with a high polish, the figure is superbly modeled here following the classic conventions of the Kurkihar style. Buddha sits beneath the (disapeared) leaves of the Bodhi tree, recalling the pivotal moment when the Earth bore witness to his enlightenment. Originally four stupas framed him, perhaps symbolizing one for each      direction as his dharma spreads throughout the universe. On the back, the stone is inscribed with the Buddhist "Ye dharma hetu" (?) creed, translated:
         "All phenomena arise from causes;
         Those causes have been taught by the Tathagatha,
         And their cessation too has been proclaimed by the Great Shramaṇa."

         Thought to be distinct from images of the Wisdom Buddha Akshobhya the stele depicts Shakyamuni Buddha crowned and adorned with jewelry. While seemingly at odds with Siddhartha's renunciation of his princely birthright, Chandra suggested in 1922 that the image is meant to remind us that Buddha was more than just a man (see Krishnan, "Origin of th  Crowned Buddha Image", in East and West, 1971, p. 91). A     Crowned Buddha appears to employ regal imagery to convey assertions of      spiritual dominion and authority. The cult of the Crowned Buddha developed      in Northeastern India by the 9th century and gained popularity throughough  Southeast Asia
         A closely related example to compare is published in Heeramaneck, Masterpieces      of Indian Sculpture, New York, 1979, no. 119. Another related example of a Crowned Buddha seated in 'Western pose' is held in the Fine Arts Museum, Boston, see Coomaraswamy, Catalogue of the Indian Collections: Part II: Sculpture, 1923, p.77, pl.XXXV; acc.#21.1719.


Eastern India, Pala period, 11th/12th Century

Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 GBP


PARVATI; H. 22,5 cm; bronze; 19th (?)cent. ex col. Van Lier

African, Oceanic and Indonesian   Art from the Van Lier Collection / Tribal Art,Amsterdam 1997 Auction catalogue 15 april   1997[sale 2326]. . 85 pages with 250 lots.



Krisnha; H 31 cm; 18th (?) cent.bronze