A TERRACOTTA PLAQUE OF A GODDESS FROM A BUDDHIST SHRINE SWAT VALLEY OR KASHMIR, 8TH/9TH CENTURY

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Lot 10
A TERRACOTTA PLAQUE OF A GODDESS FROM A BUDDHIST SHRINE
SWAT VALLEY OR KASHMIR, 8TH/9TH CENTURY

HK$ 50,000 - 80,000
US$ 6,400 - 10,000
A TERRACOTTA PLAQUE OF A GODDESS FROM A BUDDHIST SHRINE
SWAT VALLEY OR KASHMIR, 8TH/9TH CENTURY
Himalayan Art Resources item no.61802
11 cm (4 1/4 in.) high

Footnotes

  • Her halo confers this figure's deified status and, given the lotus in her hand, possibly represents a very early depiction of the Bodhisattva Tara. The artist moulds her in the tribhanga pose with sinuous legs and broad hips, evoking ancient Indian physiognomic ideals. Her compressed face, low crown, and recessed chignon are consistent with the Kashmiri tradition, resembling a bodhisattva published in Pal, Ancient Kashmir, New Delhi, 1991, p. 84, no. 10. Also compare with the Bodhisattvas attending Buddha in a bronze shrine from Kashmir in the Rubin Museum of Art (HAR#65763). The figures hold similar postures and flank a comparable treatment of flames to this plaque's edge.

    Provenance
    Elizabeth and Willard Clark Collection, California


    陶質女神像
    斯瓦特或克什米爾,八/九世紀

    喜馬拉雅藝術資源網61802號
    高11釐米(4 1/4英吋)

    50,000-80,000港元

    由人物頭上的光環可判斷她並非凡女。其手持蓮花,可能為度母的早期形象。女神呈三屈式站姿,蜿蜒的雙腿與寬闊的臀部承襲古印度對理想身形的追求。女神的扁圓臉型、淺髮冠與冠後髮髻皆體現克什米爾的傳統風格特徵,類似一尊菩薩像亦出版於Pal的著錄(參見《Ancient Kashmir》,新德里,1991年,頁84,10號)。作品亦可與魯賓藝術博物館的釋迦牟尼銅神龕中佛陀的隨從菩薩相比較(參見喜馬拉雅藝術資源網65763號)。兩者都以類似站姿描繪菩薩,而神龕上的火焰造型亦與本拍品邊緣的圖像相似。

    來源
    Elizabeth與Willard Clark夫婦收藏,加州
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