Lot 910
  • 910

A WHITE MARBLE RELIEF FRAGMENT MOUNT ABU REGION, INDIA, CIRCA 12TH CENTURY |

Estimate
15,000 - 20,000 USD
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Description

  • Height 21 1/2  in. (54.6 cm.)
the figure standing in an lively tribhanga pose, holding a fly-whisk and ritual vase, wearing a dhoti, floral garland, beaded jewelry and tiered conical crown, a rampant vyala and dancing figure at right

Provenance

Sotheby's New York, September 21, 1995, lot 235.
Sotheby's Park Bernet, December 10, 1980, lot 97. 

Catalogue Note

The white marble used for constructing the Jain temples of Mount Anu in Rajasthan are some of the most exquisite monuments of the Solanki period (ca 950-1304). The location, considered to be a sacred site for the Jains, is heavily carved both architecturally and decoratively of a "porcelain-like marble [that] lends an ethereal beauty." (J. C. Harle, The Art and Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent, p. 228)

The celestial atmosphere created from this almost translucent marble is further articulated from a style that elongates, tapers and contorts the physical form. In this example, the limbs are sinewy, the weight resting on the right foot pushes the right hip to the side while the left hip continues to thrust forward with the left knee protruding. The frame around the figure controls the movement, while the ornamentation of the dhoti, floral garland, ritual vase and fly-whisk propels it. The features here are both angular and twisted, the movement contained yet encouraged creating what seems like a deliberate tension of fast and slow, stillness and dynamism.
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