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    Sale 2162

    Russian Art

    24 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 318

    Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947)

    Castles of Gessar Khan

    Price Realised  

    Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947)
    Castles of Gessar Khan
    signed with monogram (lower right); inscribed in Russian, dated and numbered '1928-1929/Castles of Gessar Khan/N.R. 7' (on the reverse)
    pencil and tempera on panel
    8¼ x 10½ in. (21 x 26.7 cm.)
    Painted circa 1928-1929


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    Gessar Khan is a legendary hero who Buddhists believe would return to earth and destroy all evil. Since his childhood, Nicholas Roerich had heard the story of Gessar Khan and frequently painted many symbols from the legend such as Gessar Khan's castle, sword, and arrow.

    We are grateful to Gvido Trepsa and The Roerich Museum, New York, for their assistance with the cataloguing of the present lot.

    Provenance

    The Roerich Museum, New York.
    Acquired from the above by the father of the present owner, and thence by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF AN AMERICAN COLLECTOR