31 March 2005
PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN ESTATE
A Copper Figure of Vajrayogini: Maitri Khachod
Nepal, circa 18th Century
Finely modeled with windswept hair holding a vajra and kapala, balancing in a yogic pose with a flower garland between her toes upon a rocky outcrop and backed by an aureole with incised scrollwork, the pure land realm of Kechari depicted in miniature; supported on an oval base with lotus petal frieze and beaded rims; base sealed underneath and inscribed in Lantsa
5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm.) high
Collection of Prince and Princess Aschwin zur Lippe-Biesterfeld
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A. Headington, 'Private World of a Prince: Oriental flair in a Paris apartment,' Connoisseur, July 1988, p. 51, illustrated.
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