• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 263

    A sandstone stele of Vishnu

    NEPAL, 16TH/17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A sandstone stele of Vishnu
    Nepal, 16th/17th Century
    With Vishnu at center and Lakshmi to his left, both standing on lotus bases over a stepped plinth centered by Garuda, flanked by the three river goddesses atop their respective mounts, each adorned with floral garlands and elaborate beaded jewelry, their faces backed by flaming nimbuses, all against a lush background
    19¼ (48.7 cm.) high


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    From left to right are Yami (Yamuna River) atop a tortoise, Ganga (Ganges) riding a makara, and Saraswati (associated with the Vedic Saraswati River) on a goose.

    Provenance

    Collection of J.C. Leff
    Acquired in New York before 1971


    Literature

    J. F. Haskins, Near Eastern and Far Eastern Art from the Collection of Jay C. Leff, 1965, fig. no. 52


    Exhibited

    American Federation of the Arts, New York, Near Eastern and Far Eastern Art from the Collection of Jay C. Leff, October 1965-October 1967
    On loan to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, from 1971-2009 (L71.13.11)