From the estate of Louis and Annette Kaufman
The left arm was probably holding a cup full of something, food or flowers. The left hip bends towards outside while the bust and the right leg bend to the right, thus restoring the balance of the figure. It's the classic tribhanga Indian posture that points out the connection between Indian sculpture and the dance.
The dancer's body is adorned with sumptuous jewels: at ears, neck, arms, legs, hips and feet, while her vest's folds even enhance her figure.
Many temples of Central India are decorated with these sensuous figures of holy dancers, offerers and celestial figures, whose only purpose was that of celebrating their deities.
Expert: Renzo Freschi
Renzo Freschi is an expert in Oriental Art and has extensively travelled within Asia since 1971. He has curated over forty monographic exhibitions on different aspects and periods of Asian art and has published several catalogues on the subject. In 2013 he curated the public exhibition The magic of India, from the Temple to the Court, masterpieces of Indian Art, showcasing more than 200 works of Indian art from the most important Italian collections.
Artiana would like to thank Renzo Freschi for his expertise and assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.