• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 176

    A Bronze Figure of Uma

    SOUTH INDIA, TAMILNADU, VIJAYANAGARA PERIOD, 13TH/14TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A Bronze Figure of Uma
    South India, Tamilnadu, Vijayanagara period, 13th/14th century
    Very finely cast, seated in lalitasana on a double-lotus base over a stepped plinth with beaded rims, her right hand raised in katakamudra, clad in a long dhoti with finely incised striations, the face with aquiline nose flanked by long ears adorned with lotus ornaments, the curly hair piled into an elaborate jatamukuta secured with a foliate tiara, backed by a shirashchakra
    18¾ in. (47.6 cm.) high


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    This figure of Uma is exceptionally well-cast, from the datura flowers above her hears to the finely worked striations and folds of her dhoti. Also of note is the waist of the plinth incised with diamond and wheel-like patterns and the carefully incised lotus petals on her base, both with beaded edges.

    Provenance

    Private Collection, Hong Kong, 1980s