Lot 906
  • 906

A COPPER ALLOY PLAQUE WITH SILVER INLAY DEPICTING VAJRASATTVA KASHMIR OR SWAT VALLEY, 8TH/9TH CENTURY |

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 USD
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Description

  • Height 9.5 cm
the bodhisattva seated in yogic posture on a dais supported with elephants with trunks facing forward, adorned with crown and jewels, the left eye with silver inlay, the right now missing, and holding a vajra cradled in his principal right hand and a ghanta at waist level in his left, his second left arm bearing a bow held high in the air while the second right arm suspends the end of an arrow downward, surrounded by an aureole of four offering devis that encompass a decorated halo Himalayan Art Resources item no. 13618.

Provenance

Acquired between 1959-2005.

Catalogue Note

Compare to a similar sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, see Pratapaditya Pal, Bronzes of Kashmir, Graz, 1975, p. 206, cat. 79.  Also compare to another Vajrasattva located in the New Delhi Museum cited in the article by R.P. Mohapatra, "The four-armed Vajrasattva Images from Kashmir," in Kala: Journal of the Indian Art History Congress, III 1996-97, p. 67-68, figs. 52-53. Several examples of this iconography can be found in the forthcoming book by Rob Linrothe, Reenchantment: Masterworks of Sculpture in Village Temples of Bihar and Odisha. New Delhi: Studio Orientalia. 
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