• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 732

    A rare Gray schist relief with Shiva and Parvati

    GANDHARA, 3RD/4TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A rare Gray schist relief with Shiva and Parvati
    Gandhara, 3rd/4th century
    With the four-armed three-headed Shiva at left, Parvati at his side, Karttikeya holding a spear and with his peacock mount, and the multi-headed Krittika at right, all with round nimbus except the latter
    10¾ in. (27 cm.) wide


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    This very rare image includes the multi-headed figure of Krittika at the far right. According to the legend, when Subramanya was born, the Devas appointed six mothers called Krittikas to breast-feed him. Subramanya developed six faces so as to feed on six breasts at the same time.

    Provenance

    Private collection, London, 1970s


    Literature

    J. Sherrier, 'Siva in Gandhara,' South Asian Archaeology, 1991, pp. 617-24, pl. 481a and b.
    I. Kurita, Gandharan Art, 2003, vol. II, fig. 519, p. 180.