Smith & Singer
70

An Indian bronze dancing figure of Shiva Nataraj
circa 18th/19th century

Estimate $12,000 – $18,000

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raised on an oval lotus base his right leg standing on Apasmaru Purusha, the demon of ignorance, backed by open-mouthed makara, the left foot raised symbolic of liberation, and holding a damaru (drum) in his outstretched right hand, representing the five rhythms of manifestation, and the ratna (flaming jewel) in the left outstreched hand, and wearing elaborate jewellery and headdress
89 cm high

  • Lot Sold $12,000 (Hammer Price)
  • $14,640 (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)

Provenance

Dr. Zerega, London
Private Collection, New South Wales
Private Collection, Sydney

Show Catalogue Notes

Catalogue Notes

This figure is an iconic image in Hindu art illustrating Shiva performing the Tandava, the dance of bliss which is a pictorial allegory of the true manifestation of eternal energy, creation, destruction, preservation, salvation and illusion

This lot is accompanied by a copy of a letter from John Guy, Deputy Curator, Indian and Southeast Asian Department, V & A, London dated January 1997 to Dr Zerega, provisionally attributing the figure to circa 17th/18th centuries

Condition Report

The figure with some surface pitting overall. A repair to the right leg just below the bracelet and above the ankle.
The ring of fire (flaming nimbus) and head wheel on the back of the head now missing. Some smoothing over the surface on the reverse of the makara.
The lotus base and base plate possibly associated.

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Specialists

Alison Alford

Alison Alford

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Brett Ballard

Brett Ballard

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Australian & International Art
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Fiona Hayward

Fiona Hayward

Senior Specialist

Australian & International Art
Melbourne
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Anthony Hurl

Anthony Hurl

Consultant

Arts & Design
Adelaide
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E: Anthony Hurl
       

Ann Roberts

Ann Roberts

Consultant, Asian Art

Arts & Design
Melbourne
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E: Ann Roberts

Geoffrey Smith

Geoffrey Smith

Chairman

Australian & International Art
Melbourne  |  Sydney
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E: Geoffrey Smith

Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design

AU0803  |  6 Apr 2016  |  Melbourne
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