Traditional Nepalese art forms are a prominent part of Buddhist and Hindu spiritual ideologies. Especially during the Malla period, Nepalese art became famous for its metal works. It mainly involved figurines of gods and kings. The upcoming auction from Bonhams Skinner presents a goddess Tara figurine from the early Malla period. The 14th-century gilt copper alloy sculpture is notable for portraying the finesse of Nepalese art. The seated figure wears ornaments adorned with lapis and colored gemstones. The pearl-studded crown makes it a rare find among Nepalese sculptures. Its floral motif detailing, body shape, and facial expressions portray the Newari art style. Another highlight is a 14th-century Vaishravana mandala painting. The artwork depicts Vaishravana surrounded by eight men on horses. The subject of the mandala signifies the Shalu monastery rituals and teachings. The outcome is the portrayal of Vaishravana as the Shalu monastery protector. The painting is notable for combining Tibetan culture, Newari art forms, and the Yuan Imperial design.
This sale will feature a Mahapratisara stele made of blackstone from Bihar in India. The Pala dynasty stele portrays the notion of physical allure and beauty. The sensuality of the figurine is the signature characteristic of Pala sculptures. The catalog also offers carved Devi panels of polychrome wood. These 18th-century panels showcase the influence of South Indian culture through their motifs. Interested collectors can explore the complete auction catalog on the Bonhams Skinner website and register to bid in the Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art sale.
Lot Categories:Asian Works Of Art, Collectibles, Fine Art (42)
# of Lots:42
Price Range:$6,000 - $800,000
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|A Gilt Copper Alloy Figure Of Tara|| Estimate: |
|A Gilt Copper Alloy Figure Of Padmapani Lokeshvara.|| Estimate: |
|A Vaishravana Mandala.|| Estimate: |
|A Blackstone Stele Of Mahapratisara.|| Estimate: |
|A Pair Of Carved Polychrome Wood Panels Of Devi.|| Estimate: |
|An Illustration From A Sat Sai Series: Radha's Desire For Krishna Awakens.|| Estimate: |
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