A monumental buff sandstone head of a Devi North India, 9th-10th century | 印度北部 九至十世紀 砂岩雕提毗首
A monumental buff sandstone head of a Devi
North India, 9th-10th century
the head of a monumental sculpture of the great mother goddess carved with a rounded face, downcast eyes in a compassionate gaze, full and sensuous lips, and an elaborate coiffure of curls and ribbons with two human skulls at either side
55 cm, 21⅝ in.
Rare et impressionante tête monumentale de la déesse Devi en grès, Inde du nord, IXE-XE siècle
印度北部 九至十世紀 砂岩雕提毗首
55 公分， 21⅝英寸
Losses to the front of the face and to the hair, especially to the nose, chin, visible on the illustration. Traces of red pigment to the top of the head.
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Collection of Jean-Claude Moreau-Gobard, acquired mid-1970s.
Christie’s New York, 14th September 2010, lot 161.
The finely carved head originally belonged to monumental sculpture, and is detailed with rounded face, downcast eyes in a compassionate gaze, full and sensuous lips, and an elaborate coiffure of curls and ribbons with two human skulls at either side. Skulls in matted hair is a characteristic of Shiva but the benign aspect, lack of a third eye on the forehead, elegant locks and a more feminine countenance might suggest that the head depicts the goddess Devi. Devi is often portrayed as a beautiful woman representing the great mother goddess, with wrathful attributes and weapons of battle indicating her role as destroyer, most popularly as Durga slaughtering the buffalo demon Mahisha.