Lot 257: TORSO OF A FEMALE DEITY
19 November 2016
Vienna, Vienna, AustriaLive Auction
Grey sandstone. Cambodia, presumably Angkor Wat up to Bayon period, 12th / 13th century
A typical design with a naked upper body, a confident upright posture and the pleated sarong with a fish-tail fold at the front. The sarong is fastened with a belt covered at the front by a part of the clothing lapping over it, but stretched up at the back – a trend which already appeared during the Baphuon period. The seams of the clothing are embellished with rowed leaves and pearls. On the belt are stacked over-rectangular fields as well as pearled rows. The attributes are missing, hence it is not possible to define which goddess is depicted. Perhaps Uma (Shivas consort) or the Buddhist Projnaparamita. Despite missing parts, this somewhat smaller sculpture shows a beautiful delicate balance that was accomplished by the sculptural arts of the time. The figure was broken along the middle and later professionally reassembled and mounted on a metal base.
HEIGHT (WITHOUT BASE) 35 CM
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。