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Title

Shani, personification of the planet Saturn

late 10th century-early 11th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Shani (Saturn) the slow mover, is the son of the solar deity Rudra (Siva-Rudra). In this sensuous small bronze of Shani, the forward and backward thrust of the legs, the motioning of the arms and hands, and the rhythmic sideward turning of the relaxed frontal torso combine to create a graceful posture symbolic of contained energy and celestial movement. Large numbers of bronzes were produced in the Pala period, most of them for private worship.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, October 1991


Details


Other Title

Figure of Sani


Place where the work was made

Kurkihar Bihar India


Date

late 10th century-early 11th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

copper alloy


Dimensions

14.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 1991


Accession number

267.1991



Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Provenance


Collection Beurdeley Matthews, London, 1981, London/England, as published in 'Indo-Tibetan Bronzes' by U. von Schroeder, London 1981.

Stewart Giles, pre Apr 1991, Adelaide/South Australia/Australia, purchased through Aegidea Ancient and Fine Art (art dealership), Adelaide and Brian Moore (art dealership), Sydney by Margaret Olley and donated to the Art Gallery New South Wales, Sydney, Oct 1991.


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, Hong Kong, 1981, 284 (illus.). cat. no. 70B

Rare examples of ancient & fine art, Sydney, Apr 1991. cat. no.1