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Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art

Christie's New York

10 A.M., September 13, 2016

Sale 12172

Bodhisattva

Lot 229, monumental gray schist figure of a bodhisattva, Gandhara, 2nd-3rd Century, 78 3/4 inches

By Carter B. Horsley

This September 13, 2016 auction at Christie's New York of Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art is highlighted by two large gray schist Gandharan figures, a wonderful gilt bronze figure of Guhyakali from Nepal, and some very attractive Indian paintings.

Lot 229 is a "monumental" gray schist figure of a bodhisattva from Gandhara, 2nd-3rd Century.  It is 78 3/4 inches high.  The catalogue entry states that it is "extraordinarily large and beautifully carved, making it one of the most rare Gandharan figures in circulation."  It has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000. 

It sold for $1,205,000 including the buyer's premium as so all results mentioned in this article. 


The sale total was $3,818,375 with 25 of the 89 offered lots not selling.

Schist 230

Lot 230, Standing Buddha, gray schist, 38 1/2 inches high, Gandhara, 2nd/3rd Century

Another imposing Gandharan figure is Lot 230, a Standing Buddha, gray schist, 38 1/2 inches high, 2nd-3rd Century.  The catalogue entry notes that the "two devotees kneeling on either side of this beautifully carved figure of Buddha are extremely rare," adding that "they are backed by halos, denoting their divine status as Indra and Brahma.  The lot has an estimate of $100,000 to $200,000.  It sold for $269,000.


Vishnu 246

Lot 246, figure of Vishnu, sandstone, 15 3/4 inches high, Khmer, Pre-Angkor Period, Phnom Da style, last quarter of 16th Century

Lot 246 is an impressive sandstone figure of Vishnu, Khmer, Pre-Angkor Period, Phnom Da style. It dates to the last quarter of the 16th Century and is 15 3/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It failed to sell.


Durga 245

Lot 245, Figure of Durga Mahishasuramardini, black stone, Khmer, Pre-Angkor Period, 7th Century, 32 3/4 inches high

Lot 245 is a good black stone figure of Durga Mahighasuramardini, Khmer, Pre-Angkor Period, 7th Century.  It is 32 3/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It failed to sell.

Buddha 250

Lot 250, figure of Buddha, bronze, Thailand, Mon-Dvaravati Period, 8th-9th Century, 21 1/8 inches high

Lot 250 is a good bronze figure of Buddha from Thailand, Mon-Dvaravati Period, 8th-9th Century.  It is 21 1/8 inches high.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $87,500.


Guhyksli205

Lot 205, Figure of Guhyakali, gilt bronze, Nepal, 15th Century, 15 inches high

The most spectacular work in the auction is Lot 205, a gilt bronze figure of Guhyakali, Nepal, 15th Century.  It is 15 inches high. 

The catalogue entry provides the following commentary:

"At once fierce and elegant, the present figure of Guhyakali is the tantric emanation of Kali, also known as 'secret Kali,' and one of the Eight Mother Goddesses and Nine Durgas.  While beloved in Nepal, her image is seldom depicted making the present example extremely rare."

It was exhibited in 1975 at Asia House Gallery in New York.

It has an estimate of $120,000 to $180,000.  It sold for $725,000.


Manjushri216

Lot 216, silver-inlaid and gilt-bronze figure of Manjushri, Tibet, 16th Century, 10 inches high

Lot 216 is a fine silver-inlaid and gilt bronze figure of Manjushri form Tibet, 16th Century.  It is 10 inches high.  It has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It sold for $81,250.

yamantaka 224

Lot 224, a bronze figure of Yamantaka, Sino-Tibetan, 18th/19th Century, 15 3/4 inches high

Lot 224 is an elaborate bronze figure of Yamantaka, Sino-Tibetan, 18th/19th Century.  It is 15 3/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $8,750.

Lot 203

Lot 203, gilt-bronze figure of Yeshie Dorje, Mongolia, Zanabazar School, 18th Century, 4 inches high

Lot 203 is a nice gilt-bronze figure of Yeshie Dorje from Mongolia, Zanabazar School, 18th Century.  It is 4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $22,500.


Lot251

Lot 251, 5 bronzes, Khmer, Angkor Period Bayon style, 13th Century

Lot 251 is a group of five Khmer bronzes from the Angkor Period, Bayon style, 13th Century.  The lot has an estimate of $18,000 to $25,000.  It sold for $22,500.


Lot 270

Lot 270, Maharaja Ram Singh II holding Dunbar at camp, opaque pigments and gold on paper, India, Rajasthan, Kotah, circa 1840, 13 by 10 1/2 inches

Lot 270 is a very nice painting of Maharaja Ram Singh II holding Dunbar at camp, opaque pigments and gold on paper, circa 1840, 13 by 10 1/2 inches.  It is from Rajasthan, Kotah in India.  It has a modest estimate of $2,500 to $3,500.  It sold for $7,500.

Hamirhath 273

Lot 273, "Hamir Prepares for Battle," India, Guler, circa 1800, opaque pigments and gold on paper, 7 3/8 by 10 5/8 inches

Lot 273, "Hamir Prepares for Battle," is a folio from a dispersed Hamir Hath series, India, Guler, circa 1800, opaque pigments and gold on paper.  It measures 7 3/8 by 10 5/8 inches.  It has an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000.  It sold for $25,000.


Lot 274

Lot 274, "Bhairava Raga," illustrration to a Ragamala series, India, Mankot, circa 1720, 8 by 6 inches

Lot 274 is a very nice illustration to a Ragamala series entitled "Bhairava Raga" from Mankot, India, circa 1720.  The opaque pigments and gold on paper measures 8 by 6 inches.  It has an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000. It sold for $15,000.


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