21 March 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 61,000
Estimate USD 50,000 - USD 70,000
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.
Spink and Son, Ltd., 1996
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE CALIFORNIA COLLECTION
Spink, Legacies of Ancient Civilisations: A Selection of Indian and Southeast Asian Works of Art, 1996, lot 11.
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