Matthew Barton Ltd European & Asia Works of Art - Day 1 - Wednesday 24th May 2017
A FRAGMENTARY ROUNDEL DEPICTING A GANDHARVA, CENTRAL INDIA, PROBABLY MADHYA PRADESH, CIRCA 11TH CENTURY
pink sandstone, the flying four armed moustachioed deity wearing large disc earrings and crown, holding a garland in his primary hands, holding a sword and shield in his other hands, mounted on green marble stand 44 x 32 x 12cm Provenance: Art Market, New York, 1980s; Private Collection, London, 1980s-2007; Millner Manolatos, London, October 2007; Collection of the late Bruno Cooper 2007-2012; thence by descent In Hindu tradition, gandharvas flit through the sky, acting as physicians to the gods and scattering flower petals from their garlands onto gods and heroes. For another gandharva figure of similar date and from the same region, see Balraj Khanna and George Michell, Human and Divine: 2000 Years of Indian Sculpture, London 2000, p.73. For possible Vidyadhara attribution see, Ronald M. Davidson; Indian Esoteric Buddhism: A Social History of the Tantric Movement (2002, Columbia University Press), pages 194-195.