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A Black Stone Stele of Shiva and Parvati, Umamaheshvara
PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN ESTATE
A Black Stone Stele of Shiva and Parvati, Umamaheshvara

INDIA, UTTAR PRADESH, LATE 9TH/EARLY 10TH CENTURY

Details
A Black Stone Stele of Shiva and Parvati, Umamaheshvara
India, Uttar Pradesh, late 9th/early 10th Century
Carved in openwork, depicting Shiva with matted strands and a snake in his hair, holding a trident and embracing Parvati, their children Ganesha and Skanda depicted below with Shiva's mount Nandi
15 1/8 in. (38.3 cm.) high
Provenance
Collection of Prince and Princess Aschwin zur Lippe-Biesterfeld, acquired in 1970.
Literature
A. Headington, 'Private World of a Prince: Oriental flair in a Paris apartment,' Connoisseur, July 1988, p. 50, illustrated.

Lot Essay

Compare with two sculptures of Shiva and of a Mother goddess in the James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, see P. Pal, A Collecting Odyssey, 1997, pp. 20 and 185, cat. nos. 14 and 237, with similar treatment of the flame halo, attributed to the Almora region.
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