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    Sale 12172

    Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art

    13 September 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 249

    A GRAY SANDSTONE FIGURE OF DURGA Mahishasuramardini

    KHMER, PRE-ANGKOR PERIOD, PHNOM DA STYLE, 6TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GRAY SANDSTONE FIGURE OF DURGA Mahishasuramardini
    KHMER, PRE-ANGKOR period, PHNOM DA style, 6TH CENTURY
    20 ¼ in. (51.5 cm.) high


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    It is rare to find a sculpture of the demon-slaying goddess from the pre-Angkor period, especially in such a collectible size. Compare with a slightly smaller figure from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd, dated a century later, and now at Asia Society, New York (illustrated below). The Rockefeller figure has a striated dhoti, while the present example has a smooth garment, focusing the attention on the body, and emphasizing the gently rounded breasts and supply belly. See lot 246 for another example, in black stone.

    Provenance

    with Beurdeley & Cie, Paris.
    Acquired by the family of the current owner from the above on 7 March 1985: thence by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT EUROPEAN COLLECTION