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    Sale 12168

    Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art

    15 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 322

    A volcanic stone head of a Bodhisattva

    INDONESIA, CENTRAL JAVA, 9TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A volcanic stone head of a Bodhisattva
    Indonesia, Central Java, 9th century
    Beautifully carved with bow-shaped mouth and downcast eyes, surmounted by an elaborate chignon secured with a foliate tiara
    29½ in. (74.9 cm.) high


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    Compare the face and headdress to the contemporaneous Nairrita figure at the British Museum (J. Fontein, The Sculpture of Indonesia, 1990, p.128, cat.8). The striking resemblance lies in the peaceful expressions, realized with smooth, broad eyelids, full soft lips and a rounded jawline. Both also have an elaborate headdress with a central floret above the triple hairline. Impressive in size and quality of carving, this head is an elegant example of the quietly emotive forms achieved by Central Javanese stone carvers.

    Provenance

    Collection of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Price, acquired from Sotheby's, New York, 14 August 1992, lot 111