• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 154

    A Terracotta Head of a Deity

    BANGLADESH, GUPTA PERIOD, 5TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A Terracotta Head of a Deity
    Bangladesh, Gupta period, 5th century
    The face with full lips and heavy-lidded eyes, flanked by long earlobes with pendant earrings and surmounted by an elaborate tiara centered by a kirttimukha mask
    10 in. (25.4.) high


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    Though these deities are often Shaivite, the presence of the kirttimukha mask and parrot or possibly beaked lion makes it difficult to identify the present example.

    Provenance

    Julian Sherrier Collection, London, formed between early 1940s-1972