Description: Tropical timber. Southern India, 19th century
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A large relief panel primarily presenting sections of temple installations in South-Indian style with the goddess Lakshmi in the center flanked by elephants. She is seated in a “royal pose” on a throne, with large round breasts and holding lotus flowers in her hands, two further hands showing gestures granting protection and wish-fulfillment. The adorned elephants (Gaja) hold large water vessels up with their trunks with which the goddess, a consort of Vishnu, is being showered. This popular scene – considered a symbol of luck – is called Gaja-Lakshmi. On the outer sides, standing between pillars, are plump feminine figures swinging large fronds. In the uppermost part of the depiction between the temple-roofs with several sections, are two kirtimukha masks in the style of gopuram. These mysterious zoomorphic masks are formed as lion heads. They are a popular motif found at portals and serve to protect the entrances of houses. Rich with detailed ornamental carvings, linear decorations with floral motifs, pearled etc. Remnants of old paint with a worn appearance on the wood due to age. A vivid and decorative work!
HEIGHT 91 CM, WIDTH 181 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。