• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 172

    A Bronze Figure of Buddha

    SOUTH INDIA, NAGAPATTINAM, 13TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A Bronze Figure of Buddha
    South India, Nagapattinam, 13th century
    Standing on a lotus base over a plinth with a lotiform band, the hands raised in abhaya- and ahuyavaradamudras, clad in a long sheer sanghati draped over the left shoulder, the face flanked by long earlobes, the tight curls of hair pulled over the ushnisha and topped with a knop
    9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) high


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    The artisans of the Chola and Vijayanagara periods were exceptionally talented in creating alluring images that allowed a direct spiritual connection when beheld by the viewer. The canon of graceful mudras and tribhanga postures first developed in conjunction with local dance traditions during the early Chola period, the slightly rigid forms yielding to more fluid, fleshy bodies as the iconography continued to be preserved through the Vijayanagara period, and the sculptures became idealized mirrors of their royal patrons.

    Assembled in the next few lots is a select group of bronze figures spanning both type and time, including the eternal lovers Shiva and Uma, the Krishna child engaged in joyous dance, the gently swaying Parvati and the Shiva Nataraja dancing the universe into and out of existence. Each offers collectors an opportunity to honor the high point of bronze sculpture in India.

    Provenance

    Julian Sherrier Collection, London, formed between early 1940s-1972


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF JULIAN SHERRIER