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The Sporer Collection of Himalayan Sculpture

Christie's New York

10 A.M., September 15, 2015

Sale 12449

Shiva Vinadhara and Parvati


Lot 2, gilt bronze of Shiva Vinadhara and Parvati, Nepal 12th/13th Century,  7 3/4 inches high

By Carter B. Horsley

Andrew Sporer was an urologist and surgeon and Edita Sporer was an anesthesiologist.  He became director surgery for the International Red Cross stationed in Southern China for three years and he would fly over the Himalayas to explore regions of India and he and his wife where among the first foreigners to visit Bhutan, which they reached by travelling on horseback.  They began to collect Himalayan sculpture in the 1960s.

Lot 21 is a rare and important gilt bronze of Shiva Vinadhara and Parvati from Nepal, 12th-13th Century.  It is 7 3/4 inches.  It was acquired in 1970 from J. J. Klejman.  It has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000.  It sold for $785,000 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

The sale total for the 59 offered lots was $6,099,000.


Vajrabhairava and Vajravetali

Lot 18, gilt bronze of Vajrabhairava and Vajravetali, Tibet, 16th Century, 10 7/8 inches high

Lot 18 is a gilt bronze of Vajrabhairava and Vajravetali from Tibet in the 16th Century.  It is 10 7/8 inches high.  It was acquired from Doris Wiener in New York in 1970.  It has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $989,000.

Chakrasamvaraand Vajrayogini

Lot 20, gilt bronze of Chakrasamvara and Vajravogini, Nepal, 15th Century, 9 1/2 inches

Lot 20 is a gilt bronze of Chakrasamvara and Vajravogini from Nepal, 15th Century.  It is 9 1/2 inches high.  It has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.  It failed to sell.


Shadakshari Avalokiteshvara

Lot 15, gilt silver figure of Shadakshari Avalokiteshvara, Tibet, 16th Century, 13 5/8 inches high

Lot 15 is an impressive parcel gilt silver figure of Shadakshari Avolokiteshvara from Tibet, 16th Century.  It is 13 5.8 inches high.  It has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000.  It sold for $725,000.

Mahakala Panjarnata

Lot 27, Gilt bronze figure of Mahakala Panjarnata, Tibeto-Chinese, 16th Century, 9 1/8 inches


Lot 27 is a rare gilt bronze figure of Mahakala Panjarnata, Tibeto-Chinese, 16th Century.  It is 9 1/8 inches high.  The figure, who is known as the Great Black One of the Pavilion Tantra, has a "ferocious expression" and is squatting on a recumbent human figure.  It has an estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.  It sold for $269,000.


Yama

Lot 24, Lacquered and gilt bronze figure of Yama, Tibet, 16th/17th Century, 7 5/8 inches

Lot 24 is a fine lacquered and gilt bronze figure of Yama from Tibet, 16th/17th Century.  It is 7 5/8 inches high.  Here he wears a garland of severed heads. The catalogue provides the following commentary:

"Yama, the ancient Hindu god of Death, one of the eighth dharmapalas of Tibetan Buddhism.  Whereas in Hindu iconography Yama rides a buffalo, in Buddhist representations he has the head of a buffalo and rides a bull.  An important wraithful deity and protector in the Buddhist pantheon, he is also related to the hell realms, and is therefore terrifying in appearance. "

The lot has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It failed to sell.

Green Tara

Lot 45, Gilt bronze figure of Green Tara, Tibet, 16th Century, 4 1/2 inches high

Lot 45 is a fine gilt bronze of Green Tara from Tibet, 16th Century.  It is 4 1/2 inches high.  The lot has an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000.  It sold for $37,500.

Vajradhaka

Lot 43, Vajradhaka, Tibet, 16th Century, 6 1/3 inches

Lot 43 is a small bronze figure of Vajradhaka from Tibet, 16th Century.  It is 6 1/3 inches high.  He has a fierce expression with barred fang, a flaming moustache and eyebrows amd three bulging eyes with a garland of severed hears.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $125,000.

White Tara

Lot 30, Silver and gold figure of white tara, Tibet, 17th Century, 12 5/8 inches

Lot 30 is a silver and gold inlaid bronze figure of White Tara, Tibet, 17th Century.  It is 12 5/8 inches high.  The catalogue notes that White Tara, the female Buddha of longevity, grants merit for a long life and alleviates the suffering of all sentient beings.  She is revered second only to Avlokiteshevara.  The lot has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000. It failed to sell.

Donor

Lot 46, gilt bronze figure of a donor, Nepal, 17th/18th Century, 5 3/4 inches

Lot 46 is a charming Nepalese gilt bronze figure of a donor from the 17th/18th Century.  It is 5 3/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $60,000.

Ushnishavijaya

Lot 36, gilt bronze stupa of Ushnishavijaya, Tibet, 16th Century, 6 5/8 inches high, left; Lot 16, Gilt bronze figure of Durga Mahishasuramardini, Nepal, 15th Century, 6 7/8 inches high, right

Lot 36 is a gilt bronze stupa of Ushnishavijaya, Tibet, 16th Century.  It is 6 5/8 iuches high.  It has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $68,750.

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