• Sale 2510

    The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection

    22 March 2011, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 77

    A bronze figure of Hevajra and Nairatmya

    NORTHEASTERN INDIA, PALA PERIOD, 11TH/12TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A bronze figure of Hevajra and Nairatmya
    Northeastern India, Pala period, 11th/12th century
    Finely cast with Hevajra embracing Nairatmya as they stride in alidhasana over prone figures on a round openwork lotus base, he with five faces, sixteen arms and four legs, both wearing silver jewelry and holding various implements
    5 in. (12.8 cm.) high


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    The openwork base with evenly spaced loops would likely have been for attachment of separately moving lotus leaves, making it the center of a bronze articulated mandala.

    Provenance

    The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, Chicago, acquired before 1996


    Literature

    Pratapaditya Pal, A Collecting Odyssey: Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art from the James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, 1997, p. 149 and 315, cat. no. 195


    Exhibited

    On loan to Art Institute of Chicago since 1996