• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 278

    A Rare Stone Figure Vishnu resting on the Serpent Shesha

    KHMER, BAPHUON STYLE, 11TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A Rare Stone Figure Vishnu resting on the Serpent Shesha
    Khmer, Baphuon Style, 11th Century
    The god resting on the naga Shesha, waiting for the appropriate moment for the re-creation of the universe, when Brahma emerges from his navel on a lotus, with Lakshmi seated beside him gently caressing his legs
    41½ in. (105.4 cm) long


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    This sculpture depicts Vishnu sleeping in an ocean of darkness on the naga, Shesha, just before the bright sound of "Om" wakens him, so that he may bear Brahma on a lotus from his navel to create the world. See Lot 164 for an Indian depiction of the next moment. For a complete rendition of the scene in the Koh Ker style from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection, see M. Lerner and S. Kossak, The Lotus Transcendent, 1991, cat. no. 127.

    Provenance

    Acquired at Christie's New York, 20 September 2000, lot 164


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTOR