Stele with Transcendental Buddhas and Goddesses
c. 1050-1100
India: West Bengal or Bangladesh
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This is a rare image of one of the five transcendental Buddhas of the Vajrayana pantheon. He holds attributes of both Vajrasatva and Manjusri, two other important Buddhist deities, and is accompanied by four goddesses. Noteworthy are the multiple heads and arms, which signify the figures cosmic nature, and the leaping tongues of flames in the background.

Details

  • Title: Stele with Transcendental Buddhas and Goddesses
  • Date: c. 1050-1100
  • Medium: Chlorite
  • Dimensions: 27-7/8 x 15-1/2 x 4-3/4 in. (70.8 x 39.4 x 12.1 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1972.41.S
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

Leoshko, Janice, Asian Art: Selections from the Norton Simon Museum, fig. 17 p. 19
Teoh, Eng Soon, The Lotus in the Buddhist Art of India, pp. 246-247
Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 1: Art from the Indian Subcontinent, no. 149 pp. 192-193
Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, cat. 853 p. 345
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