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25 Blythe Road announces Islamic, Indian, Himalayan and South East Asian Works of Art Sale


Chamba Bronze Image of Vishnu and Lakshmi on Garuda, Himachal Pradesh, India. Made in circa 1100. £800 - £1200.

LONDON.- Approximately 300 lots will be included in specialist Arthur Millner’s online-only auction of Islamic, Indian, Himalayan and South East Asian Works of Art. The sale will include sculptures, paintings, textiles, ceramics and metalwork. The artistry of Indian painters is particularly well represented, with fine examples of the various regional styles. Particularly eye catching are three large painted wood figures, originally used at Tamil religious festivals in South India, depicting the monkey god, Hanuman, a mythical rat, used by the elephant headed deity Ganesha, and a multi-headed coiled cobra. Also making a strong showing are a wide selection of bronze images, ritual objects and paintings from the Buddhist Himalayas, including a spectacular painted wood bookcover, with carved relief decoration of three forms of Buddha. The rare object dates back to the thirteenth century.

Another early piece in the sale will be a Chamba Bronze Image of Vishnu and Lakshmi on Garuda, Himachal Pradesh, India. Made in circa 1100 of cast brass, the god is seated on his vehicle, Garuda, with his consort on his knee, the group flanked by a pair of chauri bearers, and a large lotus halo behind the god's head. The iconography of this image is particularly popular in Himachal Pradesh. There is a strikingly similar bronze, depicting Uma-Mahesvara, in the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena. The style is influenced by Pala art from Bengal and Bihar, but the simple, elongated forms, and concentration on the frontal impact of the image, gives Himachal bronzes a unique character. £800-1200.

Among the ceramics is an attractive 17th century Kirman Ghalian from the Safavid dynasty, Persia. This blue, red and sage green underglaze painted fritware has Ottoman gilt metal mounts. The decoration is composed of arabesque medallions, Chinese clouds and inverted leafy plant forms. Estimate: £600-800

Included among the Tibetan objects is a fine 15th century Gilt-Bronze figure of Prajnaparamita, the goddess of learning with an estimate of £6000-8000. Another Gilt-Bronze figure depicts a Lama seated in sattvasana on a double lotus throne, from the 16th century. Estimate: £ 1000-£1500. A brass figure of Sadaksari is also amongst the Tibetan pieces, dated 13th/14th century, and seated on a double lotus throne in dhyanasana, his primary hands in namaskara mudra and his upper hands in vitarka mudra, wearing a tall three leaf crown. His estimate is £ 2000 – 3000.

Viewing before the sale will be at the gallery at 25 Blythe Road, London, W14 0PD on 3rd-7th November and the catalogue and bidding will be online at 25blytheroad.com.



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