Impressive Blackstone stele of Surya the Sungod, Pala period, 10th.-11th. cent. AD.
A carving in grey-black stone depicting Surya holding lotuses, riding a chariot drawn by seven horses, each depicting a day of the week and named after the seven meters of Sanskrit prosody, Gayatri, Brihati, Ushnih, Jagati, Trishtubha, Anushtubha and Pankti. His charioteer is Arun, the dawn, brother of Garuda and he has no legs.
He is flanked by the two goddesses of dawn, Usha and Pratyusha and the sage Kashyapa and another unidentified male deity.
Absolutely splendid quality carving for the medium and quite intact for the fine depiction.
Size: 37 cm. tall and 21 cm. wide.
Provenance: Old Danish private Collection and formerly in Hans Henningsens collection, bought the 1970s in the London artmarket.