A BRASS FIGURE OF RADHA
A BRASS FIGURE OF RADHA
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A BRASS FIGURE OF RADHA

INDIA, ORISSA, 17TH CENTURY

Details
A BRASS FIGURE OF RADHA
INDIA, ORISSA, 17TH CENTURY
9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm.) high
Provenance
Private collection, New York, before 1971, by repute.

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Lot Essay

In style and casting technique, the present figure is typical of seventeenth-century brass sculpture from Orissa, in eastern India: the round face is set with wide, almond-shaped eyes, prominent nose, and full lips, and the heavy, solid-cast body displays a powerful physique, with all bodily adornments lotiform in design. Compare the present work with a brass figure of Radha, sold at Sotheby’s New York, 21 March 2019, lot 917; while that example predates the present work by a few centuries, they both share the same robust physique and expressive facial features that are characteristic for Orissan sculpture, and demonstrates the continuity of style over a long period.

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