a): Head: H. 3 3/4 in. (9.4 cm);
b): Body (lower waist down): H. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm)
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Ex Coll.: Columbia University, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1987
Not on view
"Indra, King of the Gods," inscribed on the pedestal, identifies this figure, but he is also recognizable by the decorated crown and the third eye engraved on his forehead. The Vedic god Indra was incorporated into Buddhism in various ways: as one who witnesses the birth of the Buddha, as an attendant and protector of the Buddha, and as the ruler of the Trayastrimsha heaven.
Inscription: One-line inscription on base (Sanskrit)
Samuel Eilenberg , New York (until 1986; donated to Columbia University) ; [ Columbia University , New York, 1986–1987, sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Lotus Transcendent: Indian and Southeast Asian Art from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection," October 2, 1991–June 28, 1992.