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    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 87

    A RARE IVORY FIGURE OF PARVATI

    POSSIBLY MADURAI, TAMIL NADU, SOUTH INDIA, 17TH/18TH CENTURY

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    A RARE IVORY FIGURE OF PARVATI
    POSSIBLY MADURAI, TAMIL NADU, SOUTH INDIA, 17TH/18TH CENTURY
    On cruciform plinth, depicted standing, her face with bulging almond eyes, the crescent moon and the sun in her parted hair which is arranged in a long braid, her ears pierced with large circular earrings, richly attired and wearing intricate and heavy jewellery, holding a lotus in her right hand, her left arm near her body
    9½in. (24cm.) high


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    A 17th century carving of Nayak Tirumala and one of his wives, closely related in style to the present piece, is in the Srirangam temple museum (Mattiebelle Gittinger, Master Dyers to the World, Washington, 1982, cat.107, p.119). Another ivory figure of Parvati together with one of Shiva, attributed to Madurai in Tamil Nadu and dated 18th century, are now kept at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (81.192.1-2).

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