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Revanta

Pala Period 11th C AD

Bihar

black basalt

L 61 x H 43 cm

Revanta was a very popular figure in Bihar during the Pala period, as several stone representations have been found. By the 10th Century in East India and Gujarat Revanta became the patron deity of horse traders, warriors and horses, and is thought to protect mankind against the dangers of the forest, which may explain his increasing popularity. This relief was probably placed in a niche on the external wall of a temple dedicated to the sun god Surya. Art Loss Register Certificate: S 00021601



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