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Lot 280 - FAS0624

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Lot details

South India, 12th-13th century. Standing in tribhanga on a flat oval base, the graceful figure of the goddess is bent at the waist and adorned with elaborate beaded jewelry. Her left arm lingers in lola hasta mudra while the right is raised in kataka mudra. The serene face with incised eyes under arched brows and a small, beguiling smile, the head crowned by karanda mukata, of piled rings diminishing in size and culminating in a lotus bud, all backed by a shirashchakra. The bronze with a naturally grown patina with areas of malachite and cuprite encrustations.

Provenance: From a private collection in Germany.
Condition: Extensive wear, commensurate with age, and casting irregularities. Soil encrustations, signs of weathering and erosion, some losses, few nicks, and scratches. Mounting residue to the base.

Weight: 280.2 g
Dimensions: Height 13 cm

Literature comparison:
Compare a related figure of Krishna Venugopala, the Flute-playing Cowherd, Chola period, in the collection of Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, accession number EA2013.99.

Auction result comparison:
Type: Related
Auction: Christie’s New York, 19 March 2013, lot 253
Price: USD 10,625 or approx. EUR 13,000 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: A bronze figure of Shiva Vrishavahana
Expert remark: Compare the related casting and similar pose, crown, and size (14.4 cm).

Auction comparison:
Type: Related
Auction: Bonhams New York, 20 March 2018, lot 3232
Price: USD 7,500 or approx. EUR 8,700 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: A copper alloy figure of Bhudevi, Tamil Nadu, Chola period, c. 12th century
Expert remark: Compare the related form and similar pose, gestures, and flat circular plinth. Note the similar size (13.5 cm).


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