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Description
South India, ca. 19th century CE. Finely cast via the lost wax (cire perdue) process, a bronze head of Gauri (epithet of goddess Parvati or Uma, goddess of love, fertility, devotion, power, and strength) presenting a quixotic visage of bulging almond-shaped eyes, an arched browline above that resolves to a protruding nose, and pursed lips below. Her head is elaborately adorned and a braid hangs below the headdress on the backside. Comes with a lovely carved wooden stand. In addition, she wears elaborate ear ornaments. Gauri is the wife of Hindu god Shiva; Shiva is also known as Mahadeva ("Great God") is regarded as one of the primary forms of God in Hinduism. He is the Supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in contemporary Hinduism. He is one of the five primary forms of God in the Smarta tradition, and "the Destroyer" or "the Transformer" among the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine. Size: 3.875" W x 4.375" H (9.8 cm x 11.1 cm); 7.75" H (19.7 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private Irwin Hersey collection, New York, USA

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#126999
Condition
Chip to neckline. A few tiny holes through ears - most likely casting flaws. Nice patina commensurate with age. A few repaired fissures to wooden stand.
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19th C. Indian Bronze Head of Gauri

Estimate $600 - $900Dec 05, 2017
Starting Price $300
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