• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 163

    A Large blackstone of Vishnu

    NORTHEASTERN INDIA, PALA PERIOD, 10TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A Large blackstone of Vishnu
    Northeastern India, Pala Period, 10th century
    Vishnu standing on a lotus base holding a staff, chakra and conch shell, wearing a short dhoti and multiple necklaces, garland, and other jewelry, the rounded face with a raised urna surmounted by a distinctive headdress, flanked by his Lakshmi and Sarasvati holding a flywhisk and vina respectively, the arched mandorla centered by a kirttimukha mask and two apsaras, with elephants, birds, lions, and further adorative figures, including a Garuda kneeling at the base
    39 in. (99 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Private German Collection, circa 1971
    Acquired at Christie's New York, 30 March 2006, lot 58


    Pre-Lot Text

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