Lot 247. A buff sandstone Figure of Kubera, Vietnam, Óc Eo Region, 5th-6th century, 18 ¼ in. (46.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 20,000 – USD 30,000 © Christie’s Images Ltd 2017
Provenance: Private Collection, United Kingdom, acquired in Bathe, Óc-Eo, Vietnam in the early 1900s; thence by descent.
Acquired by the current owner from Christie’s South Kensington, 16 June 1994, lot 173.
Note: Óc Eo was part of the Funan kingdom that flourished in the Mekong Delta between the first and sixth centuries. By the third or fourth century, a 43-mile-long road connected Óc Eo to Angkor Borei, situating it between the flourishing Khmer Empire, and important international maritime trade routes accessible by the Mekong River. Due to this strategic location, Óc Eo became the economic and cultural center of the Mekong Delta, drawing traders and artists to this hotbed of cultural exchange to experience the wealth of foreign influences from all over South and Southeast Asia, including India. This “crossroads of Southeast Asia” stimulated a flourishing of the local artistic idiom.
Christie’s. Himalayan, Indian and South East Asian Art, 14 March 2017, New York, Rockefeller Center