• Lot 194

    STATUETTE DE TRIPURA EN BRONZE DORE

    NEPAL, XIVEME SIECLE

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    STATUETTE DE TRIPURA EN BRONZE DORE
    NEPAL, XIVEME SIECLE
    Représentée assise en vajrasana, ses deux mains principales tenant un arc et des flèches, les deux autres tenant l'une un bâton, l'autre un lien, vêtue d'un sari à décor incisé de lotus, le torse nu, parée de colliers, bracelets et boucles d'oreilles incrustés, le visage délicat, le front rehaussé du troisième oeil et ceint d'une tiare ouvragée, les cheveux coiffés en chignon laissant apparaître le croissant de lune, l'extrémité en forme de lotus supportant un ratna ; petits manques
    Hauteur: 20 cm. (7 7/8 in.)


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    This extremely rare bronze figure of the Shaiva goddess Tripura or Lalita is one of the tantric manifestations of the Great Goddess Mahavidya. She is the focus of a cult that gives the practitioner not only the fulfilment of all desires but also frees him from the chain of birth and rebirth. She is said to be full of love and passion that is suggested by the five arrows and bow in both her primary hands. Both attributes are known from the Hindu god of love, Kama, and symbolize furthermore the mind (bow) and five senses (arrows). The elephant-goad in her upper right hand is unfortunate partly broken.

    Another Nepalese example, but placed on an altar, is published by Dr. P. Pal in Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, vol. 2, Art from the Himalayas & China, Norton Simon Art Foundation and Yale University Press, New Haven and London 2003, pl. 65.

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    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT payable at 19.6% (5.5% for books) will be added to the buyer’s premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis


    Provenance

    Acquired by the present owner from a private collector in the Autumn of 1971.


    Pre-Lot Text

    COLLECTION PARTICULIERE PARISIENNE


    Post Lot Text

    A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF TRIPURA
    NEPAL, 14TH CENTURY