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A copper-alloy figure of Kurukulla Western Himalayas, ca. 11th century | 喜馬拉雅西部 約十一世紀 銅合金咕嚕咕列佛母坐像

Property from an important European private collection | 歐洲重要私人收藏

A copper-alloy figure of Kurukulla Western Himalayas, ca. 11th century | 喜馬拉雅西部 約十一世紀 銅合金咕嚕咕列佛母坐像

A copper-alloy figure of Kurukulla Western Himalayas, ca. 11th century | 喜馬拉雅西部 約十一世紀 銅合金咕嚕咕列佛母坐像

Property from an important European private collection

A copper-alloy figure of Kurukulla

Western Himalayas, ca. 11th century


the three-headed and six-armed tantric Buddhist meditation goddess seated in paryankasana, on a lotus surrounded by naga, holding an arrow and bow in her uppermost left and right hands, a vajra sceptre and lotus flower in the middle, her principle right hand in abhaya mudra, the gesture of fearlessness, and the left before her heart in tarjani mudra, the gesture of warning

H. 22.7 cm, 9 in.

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Collection particulière européenne

Statue de Kurukulla en alliage de cuivre, Himalaya de l'ouest, vers XIe siècle

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喜馬拉雅西部 約十一世紀 銅合金咕嚕咕列佛母坐像

Two corners of the base are chipped and there is a knock on the tip-end of the mandorla. There is some expected surface wear as visible on the catalogue photos, although there are remaining traces of gilding in areas as well as blue pigments in the hair.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Sotheby’s, New York, March 20th, 2013, lot 219.

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紐約蘇富比,2013年3月20日,編號219

The three-headed and six-armed tantric Buddhist meditation goddess holds an arrow and bow in her uppermost left and right hands, a vajra sceptre and lotus flower in the middle, her principle right hand in abhaya mudra, the gesture of fearlessness, and the left before her heart in tarjani mudra, the gesture of warning. The goddess is seated in the yogic posture, paryankasana, on a lotus surrounded by naga with hands held in anjali mudra, a gesture of offering and reverence. An aureole of flames rises behind the goddess in a trilobate format typical of northern Indian Himalayan styles such as a Prajnaparamita in the British Museum, see Auboyer and Béguin, Dieux et démons de l’Himâlaya, Paris, 1977, cat. 37. Kurukulla wears a tight-fitting bodice shaped to reveal the navel and the top of the breasts in the fashion common throughout early Kashmir and western Himalayan depictions of female deities from around the ninth century, see Siudmak, The Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Kashmir and its Influences, Leiden, Boston, 2013, p. 440. No other example of this form of Kurukulla is recorded from Himalayan regions, but a rare four-armed seated emanation of the goddess is depicted in an eastern Indian Pala period (8th-12th c.) gilt copper figure formerly in the Nyingjei Lam Collection, sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, October 3, 2017, lot 3106.