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    Sale 12168

    Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art

    15 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 245

    A Bronze Figure of Hevajra and Nairatmya

    TIBETO-CHINESE, 16TH CENTURY

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    A Bronze Figure of Hevajra and Nairatmya
    Tibeto-Chinese, 16th Century
    The couple striding in alidhasana on prostrate figures over a lotus base, with Hevajra holding outward-facing prostrate deities and inward-facing animals in his outstretched hands, wearing garlands of skulls and severed heads, Nairatmya richly clad in beaded and festooned garments and a skull garland, holding a curved vajra blade and skullcup with her right leg wrapped around Hevajra, staring up in to his central face, both wearing foliate tiaras
    6 ½ in. (16.5 cm.) high


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    Hevajra, the primary meditational deity of the Anuttarayoga tantra, is here in embrace with Nairatmya, known as the "selfless one." Both deities originate from the Hevajra and Samputa tantras, important early texts of Vajrayana Buddhism, and were popular in the Sakya order. Both terrific in appearance and attributes, the two make one of the most complex pairs in Buddhist tantric imagery.

    Provenance

    Private collection, Belgium, acquired in 1970s


    Saleroom Notice

    Christie’s and the consignors of lots 208-255 intend to donate a portion of their proceeds received from the sale of the lot to Himalayan Art Resources, a 501(c)(3) not-for profit charity. Please note that a buyers who purchase these lots will not be eligible for any charitable contribution deduction in relation to such purchase.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Christie’s and the consignors of lots 208-255 intend to donate a portion of their proceeds received from the sale of the lot to Himalayan Art Resources, a 501(c)(3) not-for profit charity. Please note that a buyers who purchase these lots will not be eligible for any charitable contribution deduction in relation to such purchase.


    Literature

    Himalayan Art Resources (himalayanart.org), item no.30581