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9th C. Indian Stone Bust - Brahmanical Triad / Trimurtri
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South Asia, India, ca. 9th to 12th century CE. A wonderful stone carving of the Brahmanical Triad or , the sacred trinity representing the supreme deity of Hinduism - in which Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer/transformer are personified as a holy triad. At the front and center is perhaps Brahma, shown as a sage with a beard in an elaborate headdress, large ear ornaments, and an elegantly designed pectoral that cascades over his nude chest. His facial features and bodily contours are intricately carved. Flanking his side are the other lordly heads, their coiffures fusing into Brahma' headdress to become a unified being, framed by a lotus or rosette halo. The 3 heads manifest creation, protection, and destruction- a powerful and harmonious piece! Size: 7.5" L x 6" W x 10.5" H (19 cm x 15.2 cm x 26.7 cm); 15.5" H (39.4 cm) on included custom stand.

In this piece all three deities of the Trimurti manifest as a single avatar that is known as Dattatreya - Datta meaning "given" and Atreya in reference to the sage Atri, his physical father. This imagery reflects the impressive artistic canons of India, particularly visual imagery depicted in sacred temples, as starting in the 8th century CE, Hindus dedicated temples to the Trimurti - the most famous including the Baroli Trimurti Temple, the Elephanta Caves, the Mithrananthapuram Trimurti Temple, the Prambanan Trimurti Temple, Savadi Trimurti Temple, and Thripaya Trimurti Temple.

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection, 1995 to 2010; ex-Earl Stendahl collection; ex Alfred Stendahl collection, purchased from Spinks, London, UK in the 1950s - 1960s

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Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

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Condition
Fragment of a larger piece as shown. Losses and abrasions to faces of all 3 figures and softening of finer details. Remains of pigments on main headdress. Chips and nicks throughout high pointed areas. Felt pads added to statue base for stability on stand and old inventory label on base.
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9th C. Indian Stone Bust - Brahmanical Triad / Trimurtri

Estimate $11,000 - $16,000
May 19, 2022
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0062: 9th C. Indian Stone Bust - Brahmanical Triad / Trimurtri

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Est. $11,000 - $16,000Starting Price $5,500
Antiquities | Ethnographica | Fine Art
May 19, 2022 10:00 AM EDT
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Lot 0062 Details

Description
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South Asia, India, ca. 9th to 12th century CE. A wonderful stone carving of the Brahmanical Triad or , the sacred trinity representing the supreme deity of Hinduism - in which Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer/transformer are personified as a holy triad. At the front and center is perhaps Brahma, shown as a sage with a beard in an elaborate headdress, large ear ornaments, and an elegantly designed pectoral that cascades over his nude chest. His facial features and bodily contours are intricately carved. Flanking his side are the other lordly heads, their coiffures fusing into Brahma' headdress to become a unified being, framed by a lotus or rosette halo. The 3 heads manifest creation, protection, and destruction- a powerful and harmonious piece! Size: 7.5" L x 6" W x 10.5" H (19 cm x 15.2 cm x 26.7 cm); 15.5" H (39.4 cm) on included custom stand.

In this piece all three deities of the Trimurti manifest as a single avatar that is known as Dattatreya - Datta meaning "given" and Atreya in reference to the sage Atri, his physical father. This imagery reflects the impressive artistic canons of India, particularly visual imagery depicted in sacred temples, as starting in the 8th century CE, Hindus dedicated temples to the Trimurti - the most famous including the Baroli Trimurti Temple, the Elephanta Caves, the Mithrananthapuram Trimurti Temple, the Prambanan Trimurti Temple, Savadi Trimurti Temple, and Thripaya Trimurti Temple.

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection, 1995 to 2010; ex-Earl Stendahl collection; ex Alfred Stendahl collection, purchased from Spinks, London, UK in the 1950s - 1960s

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#170950
Condition
...
Fragment of a larger piece as shown. Losses and abrasions to faces of all 3 figures and softening of finer details. Remains of pigments on main headdress. Chips and nicks throughout high pointed areas. Felt pads added to statue base for stability on stand and old inventory label on base.

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