29th Sep, 2022 13:00

DAY 1 - TWO-DAY AUCTION - Fine Chinese Art / 中國藝術集珍 / Buddhism & Hinduism

 
  Lot 248
 

248

A BUFF SANDSTONE FIGURE OF DANCING GANESHA, MAHAGANAPATI, 10TH CENTURY

Sold for €7,080

including Buyer's Premium


Lot details

Central India. Carved as a dancing Ganesha with his right leg raised, the trunk curling playfully to his left, holding a battle ax and prayer beads in his right hands, and a flower with leaves in his upper left hand, a bowl filled with sweets next to his foot, a naga wrapped around his belly.

Published: Kitty Higgins Far Eastern Art, Indian Stone Sculpture, Washington, 1989, no. 13.
Provenance: Kitty Higgins Far Eastern Art, Inc., Washington, D.C., USA, 1994. A copy of the receipt from Kitty Higgins, dated 11 February 1994, and stating a purchase price of USD 6,400 or approx. EUR 12,500 (converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing), and a copy of a letter of appraisal signed by Kitty Higgins and dated 29 October 1994, accompany this lot. Kitty Higgins is a Far Eastern Art expert and owner of a notable gallery in Washington, D.C. She also curated and lectured many exhibitions, and is an avid collector.
Condition: Good condition, commensurate with age. Extensive wear, signs of weathering and erosion, minor losses, encrustations, nicks, scratches, few structural cracks.

Dimensions: Size 58.5 x 36 cm

Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is known as the giver of counsel and remover of obstacles for humans and deities alike. Although his elephant-headed form lends a playful quality, Ganesha's significance is profound. As overseer of the relationship between past, present, and future, Ganesha maintains balance in the universe. He is typically worshipped at the beginning of rituals. Known in India for his youthful cleverness and predilection for pranks, Ganesha is frequently depicted dancing or standing in tribhanga.

The figure here is represented as Mahaganapati, or the dancing Ganesha. With his hips swayed and his right foot slightly raised, his pose echoes that of his father’s dancing form, Shiva Nataraja. Ganesha's dance, however, has a childlike quality that contrasts with the cosmic destruction of Shiva’s Nataraja form. With his dance, Ganesha carries away all obstacles, his rotund belly reinforces his powers to shower his devotees with abundance.

Auction result comparison:
Type: Closely related
Auction: Christie’s New York, 20 March 2019, lot 645
Price: USD 50,000 or approx. EUR 57,500 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: A red sandstone stele of dancing Ganesha, Central India, 10th-11th century
Expert remark: Compare the closely related pose, implements, and color of the stone, as well as the similar size (62.2 cm)

 

Central India. Carved as a dancing Ganesha with his right leg raised, the trunk curling playfully to his left, holding a battle ax and prayer beads in his right hands, and a flower with leaves in his upper left hand, a bowl filled with sweets next to his foot, a naga wrapped around his belly.

Published: Kitty Higgins Far Eastern Art, Indian Stone Sculpture, Washington, 1989, no. 13.
Provenance: Kitty Higgins Far Eastern Art, Inc., Washington, D.C., USA, 1994. A copy of the receipt from Kitty Higgins, dated 11 February 1994, and stating a purchase price of USD 6,400 or approx. EUR 12,500 (converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing), and a copy of a letter of appraisal signed by Kitty Higgins and dated 29 October 1994, accompany this lot. Kitty Higgins is a Far Eastern Art expert and owner of a notable gallery in Washington, D.C. She also curated and lectured many exhibitions, and is an avid collector.
Condition: Good condition, commensurate with age. Extensive wear, signs of weathering and erosion, minor losses, encrustations, nicks, scratches, few structural cracks.

Dimensions: Size 58.5 x 36 cm

Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is known as the giver of counsel and remover of obstacles for humans and deities alike. Although his elephant-headed form lends a playful quality, Ganesha's significance is profound. As overseer of the relationship between past, present, and future, Ganesha maintains balance in the universe. He is typically worshipped at the beginning of rituals. Known in India for his youthful cleverness and predilection for pranks, Ganesha is frequently depicted dancing or standing in tribhanga.

The figure here is represented as Mahaganapati, or the dancing Ganesha. With his hips swayed and his right foot slightly raised, his pose echoes that of his father’s dancing form, Shiva Nataraja. Ganesha's dance, however, has a childlike quality that contrasts with the cosmic destruction of Shiva’s Nataraja form. With his dance, Ganesha carries away all obstacles, his rotund belly reinforces his powers to shower his devotees with abundance.

Auction result comparison:
Type: Closely related
Auction: Christie’s New York, 20 March 2019, lot 645
Price: USD 50,000 or approx. EUR 57,500 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: A red sandstone stele of dancing Ganesha, Central India, 10th-11th century
Expert remark: Compare the closely related pose, implements, and color of the stone, as well as the similar size (62.2 cm)

Zacke Live Online Bidding

Our online bidding platform makes it easier than ever to bid in our auctions! When you bid through our website, you can take advantage of our premium buyer's terms without incurring any additional online bidding surcharges.

To bid live online, you'll need to create an online account. Once your account is created and your identity is verified, you can register to bid in an auction up to 12 hours before the auction begins. 

Create an Account

  

Intended Spend and Bid Limits

When you register to bid in an online auction, you will need to share your intended maximum spending budget for the auction. We will then review your intended spend and set a bid limit for you. Once you have pre-registered for a live online auction, you can see your intended spend and bid limit by going to 'Account Settings' and clicking on 'Live Bidding Registrations'. 

Your bid limit will be the maximum amount you can bid during the auction. Your bid limit is for the hammer price and is not affected by the buyer’s premium and VAT.  For example, if you have a bid limit of €1,000 and place two winning bids for €300 and €200, then you will only be able to bid €500 for the rest of the auction. If you try to place a bid that is higher than €500, you will not be able to do so.

 

Online Absentee and Telephone Bids

You can now leave absentee and telephone bids on our website! 

Absentee Bidding

Once you've created an account and your identity is verified, you can leave your absentee bid directly on the lot page. We will contact you when your bids have been confirmed.

Telephone Bidding

Once you've created an account and your identity is verified, you can leave telephone bids online. We will contact you when your bids have been confirmed.

Telephone Bidding Form

 

Classic Absentee and Telephone Bidding Form

You can still submit absentee and telephone bids by email or fax if you prefer. Simply fill out the Absentee Bidding/Telephone bidding form and return it to us by email at office@zacke.at or by fax at +43 (1) 532 04 52 20.

Asian Art Discoveries Bidding Form

 

How-To Guides

How to Create Your Personal Zacke Account
How to Register to Bid on Zacke Live
How to Leave Absentee Bids Online
How to Leave Telephone Bids Online

 

中文版本的操作指南 

创建新账号
注册Zacke Live在线直播竞拍(免平台费)
缺席投标和电话投标

 

Third-Party Bidding

We partner with best-in-class third-party partners to make it easy for you to bid online in the channel of your choice. Please note that if you bid with one of our third-party online partners, then there will be a live bidding surcharge on top of your final purchase price. You can find all of our fees here. Here's a full list of our third-party partners:

  • 51 Bid Live
  • EpaiLive
  • ArtFoxLive
  • Invaluable
  • LiveAuctioneers
  • the-saleroom
  • lot-tissimo
  • Drouot

Please note that we place different auctions on different platforms. For example, in general, we only place Chinese art auctions on 51 Bid Live.

  

Bidding in Person

You must register to bid in person and will be assigned a paddle at the auction. Please contact us at office@zacke.at or +43 (1) 532 04 52 for the latest local health and safety guidelines.