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Showing posts from November 11, 2006

Rare Idol of Lord Shiva Estimated To Fetch $3 Million in an Upcoming Auction

The Albright-KnoxArtGallery in Buffalo, New York, one of the world’s finest collections of modern and contemporary art, will deaccession antiquities and other historic works in a series of auctions at Sotheby’s over the course of 2007. Highlighting the March 23rd sale of Indian and Southeast Asian Works of Art will be a Magnificent and Rare Granite Figure of Shiva as Brahma or Mahesha, Chola Period, circa 10th /11th century. The life-size sculpture, which entered the museum’s collection in 1927, is estimated to bring in the region of $3 million.The present four-faced sculpture depicts Shiva as the omniscient deity from whom the two other great Gods, Brahma and Vishnu, are born. The iconography of this work is both fascinating and complex and depictions of the deity in the present form, particularly of this quality, are extremely rare. Anu Ghosh-Mazumdar, specialist in Sotheby’s Indian and SoutheastAsianArtDepartment said, “This work is without question the most important Indian sculp…