India, 2nd century BCE Standing with hands joined in veneration, she is adorned with large earrings and a multi-row disc belt supporting a diaphanous lower garment that falls in a thick pleat between her straight legs. 4 in. (10cm) high
The cavity at the top of the head suggest that this figure was not likely made for direct worship in the context of a shrine. Compare with a closely related example in the Ashmolean Museum, see J.C. Harle, Indian Art in the Ashmolean Museum, no. 9, p. 8. Harle suggests that these small hieratic bronze figures were probably from, "one of the legs of a low small table or a stool" (ibid., p. 9). However, the absence of open arms in the present lot would suggest a more utilitarian function like "the holder or handle for a sacred symbol, or even a mirror".
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