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    Sale 1974

    Indian & Southeast Asian Art

    21 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 750

    A large red sandstone relief

    INDIA, RAJASTHAN OR MADHYA PRADESH, 11TH/12TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A large red sandstone relief
    India, Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh, 11th/12th century
    The stepped relief depicting a small four-armed deity in an architectural niche with an openwork pediment above, his right hand raised and holding a waterpot, his other two hands holding longer implements in the background, flanked by a devi with elaborately coiled hair to the right
    41½ in. (105.4 cm.)


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    The posture of the male figure, with four arms long garland, is similar to that of Vishnu, yet this figure is shorter and stouter than it's female counterpart and holds a water pot in his lowered left hand, possibly indicating that he is Vamana, the dwarf avatar of Vishnu.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF PHILIP BALOUN