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    Sale 1974

    Indian & Southeast Asian Art

    21 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 730

    A Polychromed Marble Figure of Hanuman

    INDIA, 19TH CENTURY

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    Estimate

    A Polychromed Marble Figure of Hanuman
    India, 19th century
    The monkey god striding forward over a lotus throne, holding aloft Dronagiri mountain in one hand and his weapon in the other, backed by an open frame, with gilding and polychromy all over
    25 3/8 in. (64.5 cm.) high


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    When Lakshman is severely wounded in the war against Ravana, Hanuman is sent to fetch a powerful life-restoring herb from the Dronagiri mountain in the Himalayas to revive him. When he is unable to find the herb before nightfall, Hanuman displays his might by lifting the entire Dronagiri mountain and bringing it to the battlefield in Lanka, thus helping others find the herb to restore Lakshman. An emotional Rama hugs Hanuman, declaring him as dear to him as his own beloved brother.

    Provenance

    Acquired circa 1983, New York


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