• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 729

    A very rare gray schist figure of Vishnu

    GANDHARA, CIRCA 3RD CENTURY

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    A very rare gray schist figure of Vishnu
    Gandhara, circa 3rd century
    The deity wearing a long flowing dhoti and garland extending down to the knees, bearing a crown and lion-head emerging from the side, his face with a benign expression
    13 in. (33 cm.) high


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    Vishnu is clearly identifiable by the lion head of his Narasimha avatar, while on his left there would have been the boar's head for Varaha. Further distinctive attributes are the garland and the crown on his head. No other image of Vishnu in the Gandharan context appears to be known. It is possibly the earliest representation of this incarnation type (private correspondence Prof. H. Härtel and J. Sherrier, 1989).

    Provenance

    Private collection, London, 1970s


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF JULIAN SHERRIER