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Central Asia, India, ca. 19th century CE. A hand-carved alabaster relief depiction of Hanuman, a monkey-form deity who is famous for his adventures in the Hindu Sanskrit poem "The Ramayana" ("Rama's Journey"). The figure stands in a triumphant pose while holding a mace in one hand, a large attribute in the other hand, and standing with one leg upon a prone human. The simian-style face features almond-shaped eyes, a rounded snout, tall ears adorned with circular ornaments, and a striated crown. Traces of red pigmentation are visible across the head and archway behind Hanuman and suggest the carving was at one time adorned with bright pigments. Size: 2.5" W x 4.5" H (6.4 cm x 11.4 cm).
Provenance: private J.H. collection, Beaverton, Oregon, USA, acquired around 2014; ex-antique dealer collection, Portland, Oregon, USA
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Repaired from multiple large pieces, with small chips and light adhesive residue along break lines. Abrasions to base, limbs, and head, with chips to one attribute, base, and head, and fading to original pigmentation. Nice earthen deposits throughout.