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Christie’s Presents an Extensive Selection of Indian & Southeast Asian Art

Raja Balwant Dev Singh on a Tiger Hunt, Nainsukh of Guler, India, Jasrota, circa 1750, 7 ⅞ x 16 ⅞in. (20 x 42.9 cm.) Estimate: $80,000-120,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2010.

On March 23, the afternoon will be devoted to the
classical works of Indian and Southeast Asian Art. Christie’s will offer an
extensive selection of nearly 200 lots of sculpture, paintings, ritual objects,
and works of art from India, Tibet, Nepal and Southeast Asia from the notable
collections. Leading the sale is a bronze figure of Uma, 13th/14th century,
South India, Tamilnadu (estimate: $400,000-600,000).
This well-cast
figure of Uma, the second incarnation of Shakti as Shiva’s wife, is seated in
lalitasana on a double-lotus base over a stepped plinth with beaded rims. From
her jatamukuta to the datura flowers above her ears and the finely worked
striations and fold of her dhoti, this bronze figure is an impressive example of
South Indian craftsmanship and a very significant piece of South Indian art