A copper alloy stele of a protective deity Kashmir, 11th century

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A copper alloy stele of a protective deity
Kashmir, 11th century

US$ 25,000 - 35,000
£ 20,000 - 28,000
A copper alloy stele of a protective deity
Kashmir, 11th century
Seated in rajalilasana on square plinth and throne back, holding a sword and shield, wearing a short, patterned dhoti and a flailing sash tied above his muscular abdomen and adorned with a three-leaf crown.
9 1/2 in. (24 cm) high

Footnotes

  • This thickly cast element would have been part of the arched frame around a central shrine image. The identity of the figure based upon the paired attributes of a sword and shield is unknown. However, a closely related figure of a six-armed form of Vighnantaka in the Potala Collection is cast with the same seated posture, relatively simplistic treatment of the crown, jewelry, textiles, and flaming mandorla, see von Schroeder, Buddhist Sculpture in Tibet, Vol. I, Hong Kong, 2001, p. 203, no. 61.

    Published:
    Stephen Little, "Images of the Buddha from the Michael Phillips Collection", in Arts of Asia, Jan-Feb 2013, fig. 12, p. 107.

    Provenance:
    Estate of Lawrence Phillips, New York
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A copper alloy stele of a protective deity Kashmir, 11th century
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