• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 750

    A red sandstone figure of a Devi

    INDIA, CHANDELA PERIOD, 11TH/12TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A red sandstone figure of a Devi
    India, Chandela period, 11th/12th century
    Standing on a conical base turning away from the viewer, her arms raised behind her head and her torso enticingly revealed, wearing a striated dhoti secured with a pendant belt, her hair in an elegant bun at the nape of her neck
    45 in. (114.3 cm.) high


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    The elongated canon of proportions recalls similar sculpture high on the external walls of temples at Khajuraho which were carved with the viewer's perspective in mind. When viewed from the ground, they would not seem unnaturally foreshortened. It is likely that the present figure was also meant to be seen from a distance far below.

    Provenance

    Acquired at Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, 11 April 1969, lot 21


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim


    Exhibited

    On loan to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, from 1971-2009 (L69.29.4)