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    Sale 1974

    Indian & Southeast Asian Art

    21 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 585

    A rare bronze plaque of Tara

    SWAT VALLEY OR KASHMIR, CIRCA 7TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A rare bronze plaque of Tara
    Swat Valley or Kashmir, circa 7th century
    Well-cast with swelling hips and holding a lotus stalk in her left hand, wearing a long diaphanous dhoti and a sash draped across her shoulders and billowing to the sides, necklaces and armlets, her face with a benign expression and her three eyes inlaid in silver, her hair gathered in an elaborate topknot, with a deep chocolate brown patina
    7 5/8 in. (19.6 cm.) high


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    This is very rare plaque executed with gracefully flowing lines and great refinement. It likely originally formed part of a triad.
    Compare with a related figure with similar treatment of the drapery, in U. von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, 1983, fig. 9G, p. 91.

    Provenance

    Spink and Son, Ltd., 1996


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE CALIFORNIA COLLECTION


    Literature

    Spink, Legacies of Ancient Civilisations: A Selection of Indian and Southeast Asian Works of Art, 1996, lot 11.