• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 828

    A red sandstone figure of a Yakshi

    INDIA, MADHYA PRADESH, CHANDELA PERIOD, 12TH CENTURY

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    A red sandstone figure of a Yakshi
    India, Madhya Pradesh, Chandela period, 12th century
    Posed in elegant tribangha beneath a heavily laden mango tree, dressed in an striated dhoti secured with a beaded and festooned belt, adorned with multiple beaded armlets and necklaces, her face with almond-shaped eyes beneath finely arched brows, her hair pulled into an elegant chignon secured with a foliate tiara, applying kohl to the eyes of a child held to her breast
    35½ in. (90 cm.) high


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    The Shilpa Prakasha ("Light on Art"), an Orissan text from the 11th century, emphasizes that temple walls must be decorated with yakshis to ensure the temple will be fruitful. It then lists sixteen types of women who are best for this purpose, including a matrimurti, or a mother with a child, as in the present example. Compare with a figure of another type of yakshi, a celestial dancer, with similarly styled hair, square urna and mango tree in P. Pal, Indian Sculpture, vol. 2, 1988, cat. no. 44, p. 114-115.

    Provenance

    Acquired at Sotheby's, New York, 16 September 1999, lot 119


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTOR