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    Sale 12172

    Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art

    13 September 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 223

    A Polychromed Black Stone Figure of a Dakini, possibly Simhamukha


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    A Polychromed Black Stone Figure of a Dakini, possibly Simhamukha
    Tibet, 16th/17th century
    6 in. (15.2 cm.) high

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    Compare with a related stone figure of Vajravarahi, another wrathful female deity, dated slightly earlier (illustrated below). Both feature dynamic figures standing in energetic poses and carved in the round, backed by openwork flaming halos to highlight the figure from all sides. While a large corpus of bronze figures of wrathful subjects exists, examples in stone are far rarer, making those such as the present work highly coveted. For two other stone figures, see P. Pal, Tibet: Tradition and Change, 1997, pp.106-9 and 112-13. In each, the central figure is similarly carved in the round and backed by an openwork aureole. Even more unusual is the amount of polychromy retained in the present example.


    with Rudi Oriental Arts, New York.
    Acquired by the current owner from the above in the 1960s.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Dr. John Mann


    Himalayan Art Resource (himalayanart.org), item no. 24168