Description: Bronze. India, about 18th Century
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A heavy cast ceremonial shield presenting a well-worked depiction of the Virabhadra – a fierce form of the high-god Vishnu. He is standing upright and carrying the Karanda Mukuta. The attributes are (starting on the upper left) the trident, drum, bow, shield and arrow. The empty hand is raised in a gesture offering protection. Several large and small figures are also shown, most of them in adoration. Left of Virabhadra is the goat-headed Daksha, and a devi on the right. Next to the crown of the deity is a sun- and moon symbol, a zoomorphic mask on the top border, Shiva’s bull nandi on the right and even further right is Shiva with his consort Uma. On the outer left is presumably Candeshvara, a saint adoring Shiva but also a peaceful Shiva form with his attributes. The rectangular shield as arched sides adorned with pearled seams. A strong structure on the back with a grip, nice deep-brown patina, overall very good both in terms of artistic quality and quality of hand-work.
SIZE 29,5 x 21 CM
From a German 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。