Benefactor robinjojo Posted July 22, 2022 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted July 22, 2022 This is an object that I recently acquired from a Harlan J Berk buy-bid sale. This was an after auction purchase. I think the lot didn't attract any bids due to the repair the figure's left hand. The repair was done very professionally. I used my black light to see if there were any signs of resin (epoxy) used and I didn't see any. I collect, in addition to a smattering of antiquities, works of Asian art, including Chinese, Japanese, and Southeast Asian. This South Asian object depicts Baby Krishna, in the characteristic crawling pose, with one extended cupped hand. Stylistically this carving, done in very fine grain compact basalt, is quite remarkable for its simplicity and clean lines. Here's the HJB lot description: "Indian Bengal Black Basalt Baby Krishna; Indian Bengal Black Basalt Baby Krishna, 18th Century AD, Bengal. Modeled in uniform sleek black basalt, the famous incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu is here depicted as the infant god Krishna - a nude child crawling forward with his right hand lifted. With its stylized wide eyes and smooth surfaces, the piece is an excellent example of the almost modernistic Bengal style, which in sharp contrast to other Indian sculptural styles is empty and unornamented in its display of elemental forms. This anachronistically modern Bengali approach inspired the famous modern Indian painter Janmini Roy. Expert restoration to left hand, otherwise excellent condition. H. 5" L. 7" (12.7 cm x 17.8 cm.)." Harlan Berk Buy-Bid Sale 219, lot 505 This figurine weighs 862.1 grams. 6 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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