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Jonathan Tucker - Antonia Tozer Asian Art
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POLISHED STONE FIGURE OF PRAJNAPARAMITA
NEPAL, KATHMANDU VALLEY
CIRCA 16TH CENTURY
H. (INCL. TANG) 95 CMS, 37 ½ INS
H. (EXCL. TANG) 81 CMS, 32 INS

An exquisitely sculpted, polished black stone figure of the four-armed Prajnaparamita, standing on a lotus pedestal, the face meditative and serene, the upper arms hold a book and a rosary and the lower hands clasped in prayer, wearing a thin dhoti and trailed scarves and adorned with elaborate jewellery.

Prajnaparamita, the perfection of wisdom and spiritual mother of all Buddhas, is a popular subject in Nepalese art. For an ivory figure of Avalokitesvara from the same period, see cat. no. 163 in G. Kreisel, Linden-Museum Stuttgart: Südasien-Abteilung, Linden-Museum Stuttgart, 1987. The style of the lotus base, jewellery and the comma shapes of the flame motif on the aureole are similar to an example in the LA County Museum of Art dated to the 15th century- see cat. no. S37 in P. Pal, Art of Nepal: A Catalogue of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Collection, LACMA and University of California Press, 1985.

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