Lot 907
  • 907

A DARK GREY STONE DEPICTING CHAKRASAMVARA EASTERN INDIA, 11TH/12TH CENTURY | Chakrasamvara

Estimate
50,000 - 70,000 USD
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Description

  • Height: 4 1/2 in (11.5 cm)
the finely carved twelve-armed Heruka clasping his consort Vajravarahi with his principal arms crossed at the wrist behind her holding the vajra and ghanta in prajnalinganabhinaya, with prescribed ritual implements held in the remaining hands of the outstretched arms, a flayed elephant skin draped behind, Samvara stepping to his left in alidha, and trampling Bhairava and Kalaratri lying prostrate on a lotus pedestal supported by a stepped platform, the group surrounded by a flaming halo

Provenance

Sotheby's New York, March 19, 2008, lot 270.

Catalogue Note

This exquisite miniature sculpture is one of a number that have survived from the workshops of Pala India, mostly now preserved in Tibetan monastery collections, see Ulrich von Schroeder, Buddhist Sculptures in Tibet, Hong Kong, 2001, p. 385, pl. 123C-D.
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