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© Galerie Zacke
Katalognummer: CHAM1119-002
A RARE CHAM REPOUSSÉ GOLD PECTORAL DEPICTING BRAHMA DANCING
Central Cham kingdom of Vijaya, classical period, 10th – 12th century. A museum-quality pectoral executed in repoussé, depicting the four-headed (three faces are seen in this depiction) Hindu deity Brahma, the creator of the universe, in a very rare dancing pose, surrounded by many cloud-like elements and several inlaid gemstones (amethyst and zircon).

Provenance: From the collection of Dr. Istvan Zelnik, Hungary. Dr. Zelnik has built one of the most fascinating and vast collections of South East Asian artworks during the past 4 decades. His collection is considered one of the three most important published collections in the world and he is the director of the Hungarian South and Southeast Asian Research Institute. An official attest by the Hungarian South and Southeast Asian Research Institute signed by Dr. Zelnik can be provided to the high bidder upon request after payment for the object has been made in full.

A private owner, acquired from the above several years ago.

Condition: Good condition with traces of wear and age as well as slight soil encrustation and fine patina.

Weight: 34.5 g
Dimensions: Height 8 cm, Width 14.1 cm
Metallurgic analysis: Fine gold content 675/1000

Literature comparison: A similar pectoral is published in Gold Treasures of the Cham Kingdoms from the Collection of Dr. Zelnik Volume 2, no. 68 (page 121), Budapest 2008.

Metallurgic Analysis
The data from the metallurgic analysis posted in the catalogue entry for each lot in this auction relates to the proportion of fine gold contained in the gold alloy only. It does not relate to the gross weight of the lot, as the gross weight typically consists of the weight of the gold alloy and the weight of other materials added to the lot such as gemstones, soil encrustations, casting cores or other metals processed within the lot.

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