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    Sale 1974

    Indian & Southeast Asian Art

    21 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 747

    A monumental sandstone figure of a hero


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    A monumental sandstone figure of a hero
    India, Rajasthan, 10th century
    Standing in a relaxed pose, a dhoti secured at his waist with beaded festoons, a sash around his thighs, his swelled torso adorned with multiple necklaces, armlets and the 'magic thread', the face with large eyes and graceful brows surmounted by an octagonal crown and adorned with garlands dripping from kirttimukha masks, carrying quivers on either side of his shoulders and holding a bow
    61 in. (155 cm.) high

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    This impressive monumental sculpture likely depicts one of the Pandava brothers, the heros of the Mahabharata. The double quivers would allow for a probable identification as Arjuna, who was equipped by Agni with two inexhaustable quivers and a magic bow. He is the quintessential hero, bestowed with invincible powers yet compassionate to those in need, who only employs his supernatural powers for good deeds.
    Compare with three closely related sculptures previously sold at Sotheby's Park Bernet on 16 June 1975, lots 207-209, now at the Norton Simon Museum; see P. Pal, Art from the Indian Subcontinent, 2003, cat. nos. 109-111, pp. 150-153.


    Von Schroeder Collection, Züich
    Acquired by the present owner in February 1971

    Pre-Lot Text