• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 810

    A gilt bronze figure of Queen Maya

    NEPAL, 19TH CENTURY

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    Estimate

    A gilt bronze figure of Queen Maya
    Nepal, 19th century
    Finely cast with Queen Maya standing over a double-lotus base with her legs crossed and her left arm raised, grasping the Bhodi tree, clad in a short dhoti secured with a belt, an incised sash, and a shawl draped over her shoulders and curling at her sides, further adorned with a crescent collar with foliate patterns and large round earrings all inset with hardstones, her face in a serene expression with almond-shaped eyes and her hair secured with a large crown, the Bhodi tree seperately cast in sections with individual leaves and with four monkeys clambering in its branches
    33½ in. (85.2 cm.) high


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    For a closely related example in the Musée Guimet, see P. Pal, Light of Asia, 1984, p. 81, cat. no. 24.

    Provenance

    Collection of a Nobleman, Rome, 1920s