Catalogue no. 4 BRONZE GROUP OF THREE SAPTAMATRIKAS (‘SEVEN DIVINE MOTHERS’)WITH KUBERA AND GANESHA
NORTHEAST INDIA, PROBABLY BIHAR
PALA PERIOD, 11TH CENTURY
H. 11.5 CMS, 4 ½ INS
W. 19 CMS, 7 ½ INS
A rare and important bronze group with (from left to right) a diminutive Ganesha, Kubera, Vaisnavi, Kumari and Brahmani (with an infant); the reverse with a dedicatory inscription.
For a closely related example in the British Museum see fig. 63 in Susan L. Huntington, The Pala-Sena Schools of Sculpture, Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1984. The Victoria and Albert Museum also has an example- see: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O64460/sculpture-figure-group-unknown/
Provenance: Private collection, UK. Ex-Adrian Maynard Ltd, London