16 September 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 6,250
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.
Private collection, London, 1970s
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.