• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 830

    A granite figure of Vishnu

    SOUTH INDIA, TAMIL NADU, PALLAVA PERIOD, 9TH/10TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A granite figure of Vishnu
    South India, Tamil Nadu, Pallava period, 9th/10th century
    Well-carved with the four-armed deity seated in dhyanasana atop a shaped plinth, his principle right hand raised in abhayamudra and his left hand on his hip, his secondary hands raised holding a staff and a conch, clad in a short dhoti secured with an incised belt and further adorned with a broad band of necklaces with beaded festoons down the center of his torso, his face in a benign expression with almond-shaped eye and surmounted by a high headdress
    35 in. (88.8 cm.) high


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    Compare with another Pallava period example at the British Museum, see T. Blurton, 'South India,' Arts of Asia, vol. 28, no. 2, fig. 142, p. 120.

    Provenance

    C.T. Loo, Paris, 1952
    Acquired at Christie's, New York, 21 March 2001, lot 40


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE ASIAN COLLECTION