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Celestial being(Apsara) Stone Statue, Northern Wei-Tang Dynasties

Celestial being(Apsara) Stone Statue, Northern Wei-Tang Dynasties

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This statue appears to be a stone sculpture of an apsara, a celestial nymph from Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Despite its fragmentary state, the sculpture conveys grace and movement. The apsara is captured in a dynamic pose, perhaps once part of a larger tableau, playing a flute-like instrument. The facial features are serene yet expressive, with faint traces of pigmentation hinting at the sculpture's original polychromy. The black stand was made in Hong Kong at the time of the acquisition.


Date : Northern Wei-Tang Dynasty(5-8th century) 
Dimension : 10.5cm (Height) x 8cm(Diameter)
Condition : Good
Provenance : Acquired in 1999, Hongkong
Reference : Bonhams London 11 Jun 2003 - Fine Asian Art - Lot 143


* Apsara

Apsaras, celestial beings gracing the skies of ancient lore, are often heralds of good fortune and the embodiment of positive energy. They float through the heavens with such grace and beauty that their presence is said to uplift the spirit and inspire joy in the hearts of those who witness them.

In many Asian cultures, Apsaras are regarded as benevolent spirits of water and clouds, thought to bring nourishing rains to sustain life and fertility to the earth. Their dances, celestial melodies, and elegant movements are believed to soothe the soul and bring harmony to the world.

Depicted with ethereal elegance, Apsaras are not merely dancers; they are muses of creativity and the arts. Artists, musicians, and poets seek inspiration from these divine figures, hoping to capture a fragment of their heavenly artistry.

In the presence of Apsaras, it's said that one's luck is sure to turn for the better, as they are symbols of good fortune. Their likeness adorns temples and palaces, not only as decoration but as a wish for prosperity, success, and the positive flow of energy.

Embracing the qualities of Apsaras in one's life can be seen as an aspiration to live in harmony with the beauty of nature, the arts, and the joyful melodies of existence. They remind us of the delight found in the natural world and encourage us to appreciate the everyday dance of life with a light heart and hopeful spirit.

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