Private collection, Italy.
This stele depicts the god Vishnu with goddess Lakshmi to the right and goddess Parvati to the left.
Over them, two apsaras drop flower garlands to honour the god. Below them, two kneeling devotees keep joined hands as a sign of devotion and prayer.
Vishnu is portrayed in the classical form: with his four arms holding the mace, the lotus, the wheel and the conch, his attributes.
Details are sculpted with great care and refinement. Figures seem to move away from the background.
The piece is an excellent example of Pala Dynasty art, which showed in the stone steles chiefly than in sculpture the iconic power of its figures. Pala steles are a characteristic of major Pala Art.
The stele is in a very good state; the top only suffered little damage.