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    Sale 1974

    Indian & Southeast Asian Art

    21 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 757

    A large bronze figure of Chandikeshvara

    SOUTH INDIA, CHOLA PERIOD, 10TH/11TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A large bronze figure of Chandikeshvara
    South India, Chola period, 10th/11th century
    Standing on a round plinth holding a garland pressed between the palms of his hands folded before his chest, with broad rounded shoulders and gracefully modeled limbs, wearing a finely pleated short dhoti, beaded necklaces and foliate armlets, his face with a serene expression and large almond-shaped eyes, his hair pulled into a high chignon secured with a crown and with loose locks cascading down both shoulders in elegant curls
    24¾ in. (62.8 cm.) high


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    Chandikeshvara is one of the sixty-four Shaivite saints revered in Southern India and the principal guardian of Shiva. During the Chola period, all Shiva temples had a separate subsidiary shrine dedicated to Chandikeshvara as supervisor, usually on the northern side near the sanctum. Compare with another 10th century example from the Thanjavur district, cf. R. Nagaswamy, Masterpieces of Early South Indian Bronzes, 1983, cat. no. 39.

    Provenance

    Private German Collection, before 1960
    Chrsitie's New York, September 2000, Lot 22
    Private Collection, Asia


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM AN ASIAN COLLECTION