• Lot 203

    STATUE DE VISHNU EN BRONZE

    INDE DU SUD, EPOQUE VIJAYANAGAR, XVEME SIECLE

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    STATUE DE VISHNU EN BRONZE
    INDE DU SUD, EPOQUE VIJAYANAGAR, XVEME SIECLE
    Représenté assis en lalitasana, ses deux mains principales en abhayamudra et varadamudra, les deux autres tenant la conque et la roue, vêtu du dhoti, le torse nu, paré du cordon des brahmanes, de bijoux, le visage serein, les lèvres charnues, le nez aquilin, les yeux en amande, le front ceint d'un diadème maintenu par le cakra à l'arrière, les cheveux coiffés en un haut chignon agrémenté de rubans ; le cakra et la conque cassés et refixés
    Hauteur: 41 cm. (16 1/8 in.)


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    Seated manifestations of the four-armed Vishnu with one leg pendant are extremely rare to encounter in bronze. Normally he is depicted standing. However in a few avatars or incarnations of for instance Narasimha and Varaha one might find him in seated position. The reason for this particular phenomenon in bronze is not clear. On the other hand in stone he is represented regularly seated with one leg pendant. The more archaic rendering of this particular Vishnu bronze suggests a late date for its creation, around the fifteenth century.

    A much earlier seated example is published by V. Dehejia in The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola bronzes from South India, New York 2002, pl.39.

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    Provenance

    Acquired by the present owner in 1975.


    Pre-Lot Text

    VARIOUS PROPERTIES


    Post Lot Text

    A BRONZE FIGURE OF VISHNU
    SOUTH INDIA, VIJAYANAGAR PERIOD, 15TH CENTURY