Lot 1403: Indian Apsara Sculpture
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 10th-12th century AD. A carved stone panel with ledge to the base supporting a facing female with right hand raised to the shoulder, left hand supporting a frond, two flanking pots to the base; mounted on a custom-made stand. See Harle, J.C. & Topsfield, A. Indian Art in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1987 for discussion. 1.8 kg, 21cm (8 1/4"). UK art market, acquired prior to 2000. The Apsaras were water spirits who first appeared during the Vedic period of Hindu India. As heavenly beings they are associated with the celestial musicians, the Ghandarvas. They are also associated with fertility and good fortune, but also had a dark side in that they could cause madness.
Condition Report: Fine condition.