Royal throne leg with equestrian warrior

Eastern India, Odisha

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 238

This remarkable ivory sculpture is one of a set of four throne legs, now dispersed. Like its companions, it is distinguished by its superb sculptural quality. The equestrian warrior is seen in dynamic action, the spectacular rearing horse and his princely rider moving as one in ferocious combat. The royal rider displays a large sectarian forehead mark (tilka) that proclaims his devotion to Vishnu.

Royal throne leg with equestrian warrior, Ivory with traces of polychrome and iron armature, Eastern India, Odisha

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