Kashmir, 7-planet group

10th-11th century, Kashmir, Seven planets, bronze, at the British Museum (London).

10th-11th century, Kashmir, the seven planets, bronze, at the British Museum (London).

The  plinth and the body swerve and dhoti of the central figure are typical of some Kashmiri sculptures produced around the 10th century (Utpala dynasty). The oversized heads and large round eyes indicate that these are not buddhas or bodhisattvas but the seven major planets of our solar system, apart from the Earth.They  are all adorned with large hoops and a necklace, and hold attributes now difficult to identify. Their hair is gathered into a chignon except for a few long strands that fall loosely over their shoulder and held in place with a diadem.

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