AN IMPORTANT AND VERY RARE GREY LIMESTONE FIGURE OF MAHASTHAMAPRAPTA EARLY TANG DYNASTY, 8TH CENTURY The figure is well carved in a tribangha pose on top of a waisted lotus pedestal, with a lotus stem, originally held in the right hand, twining up the arm to the shoulder. The figure wears a beaded necklace, a scarf draped around the torso and over the shoulders, and a diaphanous dhoti that is gathered at the waist and falls in deep U-shaped folds to just above the feet. The face is carved with a serene expression and small sensuous mouth, and the hair is dressed in a high, looped topknot decorated in front with an elixir bottle and on the sides with flowers and pendent ribbons. 26 3/8 in. (67 cm.) high Grenville L. Winthrop (1864-1943) Collection, New York, acquired prior to 1925.