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.
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.