Nepal, early Malla Sarasvati

13th century circa, Nepal, Sarasvati, copper, private collection, photo by Christie's.

13th century circa, Nepal, Sarasvati, copper, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Sarasvati, with one head and four hands, plays the lute with her main hands and holds a rosary (both missing here) and a manuscript/book in the others. She wears a tiara with a large panel at the front and two small ones on each side, 2 necklaces, armbands, bracelets and anklets. We can see the pieces of metal on her left shoulder and right leg to which the lute was fastened.

15th century, Nepal, Sarasvati, copper alloy, same as before.

15th century, Nepal, Sarasvati, copper alloy, same as before.

This rare Pala-revival style work depicts her with two hands only, her face painted with cold gold and pigments, seated on a tall base with two rows of heart-shaped petals, adorned with a five-leaf crown, her tall chignon topped with a flaming jewel, long strands of curly hair over her shoulders, a thin celestial scarf wrapped around her forearms, the ends flowing upwards.

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