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    Sale 1974

    Indian & Southeast Asian Art

    21 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 594

    An important gilt copper figure of Vasudhara

    NEPAL, CIRCA 13TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    An important gilt copper figure of Vasudhara
    Nepal, circa 13th Century
    Sensitively cast seated with her right leg pendant in lalitasana supported by a single lotus flower, her six arms radiating around her with two right hands held in abhaya and vitarka mudra, the remaining hands holding a gem, the vase of Amrita, a harvest bundle and a manuscript, wearing a diaphanous dhoti finely incised with undulating stippled bands alternating with flowerheads and elaborate beaded jewelry inset with hardstones
    8 in. (20 cm.) high


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    Vasudhara is the Buddhist goddess of wealth, good fortune and fertility. She is one of the most popular deities of Nepal, invoked for riches, offspring and abundant crops.
    This is an exceptionally fine example of its type with elegant fluid lines, sensuous modeling and delicate ornamentation; compare with the 12th century example from the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, in P. Pal, Art of Nepal, 1985, cat. no. S24, p. 104, and with another example dated to the 11th century, in P. Pal, Himalayas, An Aesthetic Adventure, 2003, cat. no. 19, p. 43, with a more elongated torso, while the limbs are more elongated in the present example and elegantly highlighted with the longitudinally incised bands.

    Provenance

    Spink and Son, London
    Private Collection London, early 1970s
    Rossi and Rossi Ltd.