15 March 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 40,000
Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000
A granite figure of Parvati
South India, Tamilnadu, Vijayanagara period, 14th century
The four-armed goddess standing on a rounded lotus base, holding a mala and lotus bud in her upper arms, wearing a close-fitting striated dhoti secured with a beaded and festooned belt, a long sash tied at either side, adorned with various jewelry and the sacred thread, he face with well-carved features and surmounted by a tall conical headdress
33 7/8 in. (86 cm.) high
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By the twelfth century, stone carvers in Tamil Nadu had achieved consummate skill, creating sensuous images of divinities out of granite that was difficult to carve. For stylistic comparison, see the Bhudevi and Sridevi sold in these rooms on 20 September 2006, lot 70.
Collection of Dr. and Mrs. William T Price, acquired from Sotheby's, New York, 21 September 1985, lot 274
On loan to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1967-1981
On loan to the Pacific Asia Museum, San Francisco, 1981-1985
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