• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 775

    A gilt bronze figure of a Vajrapani

    NEPAL OR TIBET, 10TH/11TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A gilt bronze figure of a Vajrapani
    Nepal or Tibet, 10th/11th century
    Striding in alidhasana with two arms crossed at his chest and the other two extended, dressed in an incised dhoti secured with a tiger skin, adorned with multiple snakes, the face with hair pulled into chignon topped by a vajra, with remains of gilding and polychromy
    5 3/8 in. (13.3 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Acquired in New York before 1969


    Literature

    E. Olson, Tantric Buddhist Art, 1974, cat. no. 4, p. 22
    U. von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, 1981, fig. 109A, p. 422


    Exhibited

    On loan to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, from 1969-2009 (L69.29.1)
    Indian Gallery, British Museum, London, 1970
    China House Gallery, New York, Tantric Buddhist Art, March 14 - May 24, 1974