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Lot 45: AN UNUSUAL SHOULDER CAPE
19 November 2016
Vienna, Vienna, AustriaLive Auction
Textile, some metal Gau, over 2000 gemstones. India, Ladakh, possibly 19th century
A rare and unusual adornment with so many elaborate details that it is hard to describe each completely. It is shaped as a flower with four petals, each cusped at the end, and a perforation in the center for wear around the neck. One of the petals is split along the middle in order to allow placement around the neck and over the shoulders. The turquoise stones are the most striking applications and also the brightest! They are followed by coral, also bearing a beautiful color. Various stones (or beads) form borders or circular medallions enclosing further stitched-on stone- and bead applications. Most of these are in star formations, others include circling bead motifs. There are three elements which take the shape of a gau, the fourth could not be applied due to the petal being split into two sections by the opening. The gau (amulet containers usually worn around the neck) are embellished with turquoise stones around the center. Disregarding the small dark-red stones, there are approximately 530 stones per petal, which totals to approximately 2300 to 2400 stones on this shoulder cape. This “shoulder cape” is naturally quite heavy and was intended to be worn only on special occasions.
SIZE 60 x 60 CM
From an Italian private collection, afterwards collection Sohel Ch., New-Delhi - Vienna
布加寶石造加金屬邊肩膀套。印度，拉達克，約19世紀。大小60 x 60 厘米。
A noteworthy share of the antiques offered here – around 130 lots – originate from the Collection Sohel Ch., a successful business man from Delhi who spent many years in Vienna. The part of his collection, which we here offer, was mainly acquired in the art trade of Vienna. The chief reason for his collecting activity, which he perpetuated with considerable specialized knowledge, sense for quality and great committment, was to establish a private Asian museum in his native city of New Delhi. Because of severe illness, it was impossible for him to realize his plan and he thus decided to submit us the entire complex of his "Viennese collection" for sale.
來自 Sohel Ch. 先生的舊藏
這本圖錄所紀錄的藝術品的大部分（約130件）來自 Sohel Ch. 先生的舊藏。這位收藏家是個來自新德里的古董拒買，曾有數年住在維也納。這次所介紹的藝術品主要來自他的維也納分點。他數十年的努力，知識和質量敏感都曾進入他的收藏活動，結果之一為在其城市，新德里，收藏到了一個原來屬於私人亞洲美術館的收藏的全部藏品。很不幸的是這位收藏家最近生病極為嚴重，無法實現自己原來對藝術藏品的願望，結果把全部維也納分店的收藏提供給拍賣公司給以賣出。