A schist stele of the holy family of Shiva Kashmir, 9th century

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A schist stele of the holy family of Shiva
Kashmir, 9th century

Sold for US$ 6,250 inc. premium
A schist stele of the holy family of Shiva
Kashmir, 9th century
Shiva and Parvati of almost equal height, standing with their primary right hands in abhya mudra, his upper right hand holding the trisula, her left hand holding a water vessel, wearing diaphanous dhotis, jewels and three-leaved crowns, with diminutive Nandi and Ganesha to the right of Shiva, Skanda in the center and an attendant on the left.
6 in. (15.3 cm) high

Footnotes

  • Compare with two closely related compositions, one held in the Cincinnati Museum of Art, published in Pal, The Arts of Kashmir, New York, 2008, figs 83-4, pp. 84-5. The piece also compares to a Brahmanical Triad in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, attributed to the 8th/9th century (1985.85) and a sculpture of Shiva and Parvati attributed to the 11th century, formerly in the Pan-Asian Collection (see Pal, The Sensous Immortals, 1997, no. 28, pp. 54-5).

    As Michael Spink concludes in discussion of this piece, the modeling and posture of Shiva is similar to brass and stone Vishnus in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art [M.80.6.2 & M.69.13.2, see Pal, Indian Sculpture, vol. 2, 1988, pp.70-72, no. 14a-b]. He comments, "Our sculpture can be placed into the second half of the ninth century, when the Karkota dynasty's rule was replaced by the Utpala dynasty under Avantivarman (r. 855-83)" (A. Topsfield (ed.), In the Realm of Gods and Kings, New York, 2004, no. 34, pp. 96).

    Published:
    Topsfield (ed.), In the Realm of Gods and Kings, New York, 2004, no. 34, pp. 96-7.

    Provenance:
    Spink & Son, 1982
    Private Collection since 1982
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