Copper alloy figure of a dancing female Cambodia, 12th century
Lot 12
A copper alloy figure of a dancing apsara or yogini Cambodia, 12th century
Sold for US$ 1,625 inc. premium
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Lot Details
A copper alloy figure of a dancing apsara or yogini
Cambodia, 12th century
Cast in a lively dancing posture with her knees bent and right foot slightly raised, wearing a short sampot with ends splayed out, and wearing a leaf-shaped pendant collar, high armbands and shell-shaped earrings, a three leaf diadem around her tripartite coiffure centered by a circular ornament, her face with a fierce expression with bulging eyes, incised third-eye, and gaping mouth.
6 ¾ in. (17.1 cm) high

Footnotes

  • Compare with a closely related example in the National Museum, Phnom-Penh (see Madeleine Giteau, Khmer Sculpture and the Angkor Civilisation, Fribourg, 1965, pl. 79. Also see another later example set within a larger superstructure defined as a yogini in the Fine Arts Museum, Boston (22.686), (see Emmy Bunker, Khmer Bronzes, Chicago, 2011, no. 9.17b. For a bas relief figure with an identical headdress see Gilbert de Coral Remusat, L'Art Khmer: Les grandes Estapes de son Evolution, Paris, 1951, pl. XXXIV, no. 117.

    Provenance:
    Estate of Natasha Eilenberg
    Samuel and Natasha Eilenberg Collection, before 1969
    Acquired in 1962, by repute
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