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A PAIR OF STONE DWARAPALA

Lot No
67
Description
Each of these large granite slabs, portrays the sculpted figure of a Dwarapalaka, elegantly poised, standing along with a small figure beside it. The figures are wonderfully sculpted in high relief, exuding a powerful look. The Cholas ruled from the 9th to the 13th Century. They were powerful and were true lovers of art and they built huge temples that boast of the most awe inspiring and wonderful sculptural work, unsurpassed till today. The main entrance to these temples had a Dwarapalaka on each side of the doorway.

These Dwarapalakas are seen standing with a slight bend of the hip. They were definitely shown carrying some sort of a weapon in their hand, maybe a gada, not visible now. As usual, the figures are crowned with the typical fine Chola work. The jewelry that they wore is ornate, comprising multiple necklaces, armbands and anklets. The upper-body is bare and the lower vestment is dhoti, which is beautifully draped around their sturdy legs in fine folds. This is held at the waist by thick and orante belt or band.

Both these Dwarpalas are strong and sturdy. The figures next to each of them act as comparison to their heights. Dwarapalas are placed on either side of the doors of temples to ward off evil and also as a warning to those with bad intentions. Rarely can one come across such a wonderful pair of Chola dwarapalas.
Estimate
Rs. 8,00,000 - 12,00,000

Winning Bid

₹ 8,90,560

(Inclusive 15% margin)

additional information

This lot is a National Art Treasure - Non Exportable Item.
(payment only in Indian Rupees)

This lot is a registered antique with the Government of India, under the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act -1972, under Antiquities and Art Treasures Rule 1973, under section 16 of the above act. (Certificate Registration No. BOM/MH/9237) with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Provenance : Property of an important collector based in Mumbai.