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Surya with Dandi and Pingala, 8th century

India: West Bengal or Bangladesh, 700-799
7-1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
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The Hindu solar deity Surya is generally represented as a regal figure with a crown, holding two lotus blossoms in his upraised hands. He has a prominent halo decorated with a bead motif, geometric patterns and flames, as do his two attendants. Dandi, on Surya's left, is the god's measurer, while Pingala, on his right, is the recorder who writes down mankind's good and bad deeds. Surya's crowned head is set off by a large, plain halo that manifests his solar affiliation.

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