South Indian bronze Somaskanda group to lead Sotheby’s Indian and Southeast Asian works of art sale

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s Indian and Southeast Asian Works of Art sale on 21 March 2012 will be led by one of the most impressive South Indian bronze sculptures to be offered at auction in recent times. The 13th century pair of Shiva with his consort Uma (Somaskanda) boasts an exceptional provenance, having been in a number of distinguished collections since the 1950s and is estimated to fetch $600,000/800,000. Between the ninth and thirteenth centuries much of South India was ruled by the Chola dynasty. This period is recognized for unparalleled cultural and artistic achievements, with the building of numerous temples and the production of