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Not to be confused with modern day copies is this beautifully sculptured and cast bronze statue figurine of a dancing girl.
She was produced by the leading exponents of bronze metal casting in the Northern hemisphere, at Patan in Nepal and its date is mid c20th.
Her pose is one of gracefulness and much movement and no expense has been spared to portray her with incredible detailing throughout, and in the round.
Although she has no direct links to any Buddhist deity, there are certain Buddhist decorative features & elements incorporated in the design of this gorgeous piece. She wears a jewelled headdress of a Tara for example and her hands are gestured almost as 'mudras' to signify the dispelling of fear, peace & protection.
The girl has also been represented as dancing upon a `padmasana' pedestal base, which again is an important symbolic Buddhist element, to resemble a lotus flower which represents purity in a defied world. Throughout Asia and as an iconic emblem it is the most common of all pedestal bases used for a Buddha and bodhisattva figurines and portrayals within Buddhist art, throughout history.
Her fingernails and her toenails have each been crisply defined and upon each of her toes, she wears rings. Finely executed, strings of beads adorn her wrists, upper-arms, her waist, her ankles and her neck, whilst other decorative diadems & jewellery have been used upon other areas of her perfectly crafted body.
Upon each palm of her hands, is depicted a `*vishvavajra ' Buddhist symbol.
Of particular note are also her body tone and her form and the thinly applied chiffon dress which provides her with naturalistic beauty and modesty. She is an absolutely gorgeous and exceptionally well crafted item of bronze statuary, which has also been afforded with pure gold gilding and hand applied natural earth colours of cobalt blue and red carnelian.
The figure itself is cast from solid bronze metal, whilst the pedestal base is hollow and has been hand-beaten from its inside to add each decorative stylized lotus petal. The pedestal has then been sealed with a flat sheet of copper, secured and then then sign marked using the *vishvavajra a Buddhist symbol, which has also been historically used by metal workers in Patan, Nepal, after any iconic piece has been consecrated. (*please see footnote at bottom page)
My vintage Buddhist statuary and other Asian artefacts have proved to be very popular items to my customers, and just looking at this particular piece perhaps explains as to why. This is one of the last remaining and also one of the most beautiful in both its excellent quality and its obvious appeal...
Please take good care of her, for to me she has been priceless and is more than just a worthy addition to my shop for your invested interest.
Height: 8.25 inches Pedestal base diameter: 3.25 x 2.25 inches Postage weight: 2k
*NOTE* The vishvavajra (a double thunderbolt) has four heads representing the four dhyani Buddhas of the four directions: Amoghasiddhi for north, Akshobhya for the east, Ratnasambhava, lord of the south, and Amitabha who reigns over the west. It is the emblem of the crossed vajra that is inscribed upon the metal base that is used to seal deity statues after they have been consecrated.
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