Sotheby’s New York Announces Sale of Indian & Southeast Asian Works of Art


NEW YORK, N.Y.- Sotheby Indian & Southeast Asian Works of Art sale on 24 March in New York will be led by a spectacular 10th century Khmer Koh Ker period Athlete from a European private collection (est. $2/3 million). Acquired by the original owner over 40 years ago, the figure is mate to the Koh Ker athlete at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena that is almost identical in posture and physical appearance. The sale also includes early South and Southeast Asian stone and bronze sculpture, Indian miniature painting, Tibetan and Himalayan bronzes, the famous Pearl Canopy of Baroda, Raj-era silver and fine ivory works. Overall the 112 lot auction is estimated to fetch $8.2/12.2 million. The Khmer Athlete was commissioned by emperor Jayavarman IV (r. 914 – 928) for his new capital at Koh Ker 80 miles north of Angkor. Koh Ker sculptures are among