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Torso of a male Deity
Madhya Pradesh, Central India
11th c.
red sandstone, standing erect, wearing elaborate jewellery
36cm high

Provenance: Private Collection, London.

It is difficult to identify the deity depicted here with certainty, because of the missing attributes in his hands. The auspicious srivatsa emblem on his chest in typical, floral lozenge form is often associated with Jain figures and depictions of Vishnu in the northern part of India. Jain tirthankaras, however, are normally unadorned with jewellery. The other deity usually depicted in this erect posture is Surya, but he does not generally have the emblem, so Vishnu is much the most likely identification.

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