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Relief Fragment with Flying Celestial Being, c. 200

India: Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati, 175-225
Limestone
overall: 17 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 6 in. (44.45 x 31.75 x 15.24 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1975.14.1.S
© The Norton Simon Foundation

On view

This stone architectural fragment is from the region of Andhra Pradesh, where white and greenish-white limestone is abundant. This sculpture was once part of the drum slab of a Buddhist stupa (reliquary mound). Flying figures were often included in Buddhist scenes of veneration to signify the Buddha’s divinity.


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