A copper alloy figure of Vishnu Northeastern India, Pala period, circa 11th century

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Lot 10
A copper alloy figure of Vishnu
Northeastern India, Pala period, circa 11th century

Sold for US$ 1,875 inc. premium
A copper alloy figure of Vishnu
Northeastern India, Pala period, circa 11th century
Seated on a rising lotus base with a donor figure in front, holding the chakra, conch, and two lotuses, the raised edges rubbed and worn from centuries of ritual handling.
2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) high

Footnotes

  • 印度東北部 帕拉時期 約十一世紀 毗濕奴銅像

    Given the unusual flattened circular lotus base, this figure likely appeared at the center of a sculptural lotus mandala, such as a closely related Vishnu mandala published in Kramrisch, The Art of Nepal, New York, 1964, p.64, no.14, or a Chakrasamvara mandala in Zangchuan Fojiao Zaoxiang-Gugong Bowuyuan Cang Wenwu Zhenpin Quanji, Hong Kong, 2008, pp. 122-3, no. 117. Also see Casey Medieval Sculpture from Eastern India, Livingston, 1985, pp. 44 and 71 nos. 19 and 43, and Sotheby's, New York, 6 October 1990, lot 300.

    Referenced:
    HAR - himalayanart.org/items/33018

    Provenance:
    Nagel Auktionen, 2000
    Private New York Collection
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