Lot 185: MULTIFIGURED FRIEZE OF A TEMPLE
19 November 2016
Vienna, Vienna, AustriaLive Auction
Reddish sandstone. India, Madhya Pradesh, approx. 12th century
This long frieze corner-fragment offers a vivid depiction of 11 figures including men, women, as well as children, most of whom are seated. Sitting on the outer left is a bearded Rishi, who is the most important character in the scene. Rishi are primordial wise saints from the Himalayas. The most well-known of them is Kashyapa, considered the patriarch of many deities. All other figures in the frieze are directed at him (except for one) – the second last figure is kneeling and holding his hands in adoration, and only the last figure – a boy – is standing up. Most of the seated figures are in lalitasana pose with one leg tucked in and the majority of figures are sitting on a four-legged platform. A tree is depicted on the corner and the frieze is bordered by straight, densely worked horizontal bars at the top and bottom.
HEIGHT 19 CM, WIDTH 67 CM
From a Viennese private collection, afterwards collection Sohel Ch., New Delhi - Vienna
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。