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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF RADHA Eastern India, Orissa, 15th Century
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 118,750 USD
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917

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF RADHA Eastern India, Orissa, 15th Century
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 118,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF RADHA Eastern India, Orissa, 15th Century
the figure stands on a waisted lotus pedestal in an elegant tribhanga (triple flexion), her long, braided hair swinging with the movement of her head, her right hand raised and holding a lotus bud, wearing elaborate jewelry including large, circular earrings, bracelets, anklets, necklaces, rings on her fingers and toes and a decorative belt from which emerges the fan-shaped end of her dhoti
Height 12 3/8  in. (31.5 cm.)
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Provenance

Sotheby's New York, March 19, 2008, lot 295.

Exhibited

Devi, The Great Goddess, Female Divinity in South Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, March 28-September 6, 1999. 

Literature

Vidya Dehejia, Devi The Great Goddess, Female Divinity in South Asian, Smithsonian Institution, 1999, p. 329, cat no. 77. 

Catalogue Note

Radha, whose name means 'prosperity', was chief among the gopis (milkmaids) and favorite consort of Krishna. According to popular legends she was not officially married to Krishna but rather to a cowherd and here she is depicted playfully beckoning with her lotus bud to Venugopala, or Krishna as the flute playing cowherd, which would have formed a companion sculpture to this piece. The coy tilt of her head, the swing of her hips and the beckoning fingers of her right hand beautifully epitomize a young woman basking in the adoration of her lover.

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