Lot 48. A sandstone head of a female deity, Champa (Vietnam), My-Son A 1 style, 10th century; 30cm (11 3/4in) high (2). Sold for €4,845 (Estimate € 2,000-3,000). Photo Fabrice Gousset.
Carved with a high tiara with two rows of large lotus petals, the tips turned towards the top and ends with a large lotus bud opening at the top. The facial features are are worn but still discernible with high arching brows, prominent triangular nose and broad fleshy lips, stand.
Provenance: Georges Halphen Collection
Christie's Paris, 'Collection de Mr Georges Halphen', 20 November 2003, lot 426
Jean-Pierre Rousset, Paris (1936-2021), acquired at the above sale.
Note: The Champa was a confederation of Hindu states located along the coast of the central and Southern region of modern day Vietnam between the 2nd-17th century and flourished alongside the Khmer empire during the 9th-13th century. Sandstone architectural elements, like this head, were common features of Hindu temples as with an example held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2014.520), that still has a long tang projecting from the back of the head and another deity formerly in the Halphen collection, illustrated by Beurdeley & Cie, Images Divines, Paris 1976, no.14.
Bonhams. The Robert and Jean-Pierre Rousset Collection of Asian Art: A Century of Collecting - Part 1. Paris, 25 october 2022.