• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 769

    A sandstone stele of Ushnishavijaya

    NEPAL, CIRCA 17TH CENTURY

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    A sandstone stele of Ushnishavijaya
    Nepal, circa 17th century
    Seated over a lotus throne, holding a sword, elephant goad, lotus, and lasso in her four hands, wearing a striated dhoti and multiple necklaces, the three faces surmounted by foliate tiaras, backed by a nimbus and aureola, with petal borders
    15½ in. (39.5 cm.) high


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    Ushnishavijaya ("Victorious Crown Ornament") is one of the three long-life deities, the other two being Amitayus and White Tara. She is often invoked in old age ceremonies such as the Bhimaratha ritual practiced by the Newari, in which people over the age of seventy-seven are prepared for afterlife in the Western Paradise.

    Provenance

    Acquired in New York by 1971


    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 (L71.13.12)