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Auction Closes At: 15:31:02 10/18/2021
Time Remaining: 2Day(s) 7Hour(s) 52min(s) 13sec(s)
Lot# & Name: 731. Indian Red Sandstone Crossbar with Elephant Motif
Estimate Price: $3,000-$5,000
Current High Bid: $850.00

Category: Asian Art
Sub Category: China - Early Periods
Culture or Country: Murtha, India.
Period: Kushan Period, ca. 1st-2nd century A.D.
Size: 7-1/2H. x 15W.

Description: Carved red and ochre sandstone cross bar with a rounded front face planar sides, and acutely angled top and bottom peripheries. The preeminent decorative element is a striding elephant carved in low relief central to a large roundel. The animal is defined by four powerful legs, sinuous tail, and a large head with a thick trunk, broad ears, a petite eye, and a curved tusk. This carving would have served as an architrave spanning above the tops of two columns. Some surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age as expected, losses of varying sizes to all four corners, small chips and roughness along peripheries, roundel, and elephant, with some light encrustation. Nice earthen deposits throughout. Old inventory label on verso. Custom base. The depiction of the elephant is one of great significance steeped in Hindu mythology. All manner of animals were not merely creatures that roamed the earth without responsibility; when called upon, they were employed as "Vahanas," spiritual mounts or vehicles used to transport the many deities from realm to realm.
Provenance: Ex. Artemis Gallery, CO., ex. Fortuna Fine Arts, NYC.
Shipping Fee:
National: $42.00
International: $159.00

Indian Red Sandstone Crossbar with Elephant Motif

BIDDER BID QTY Original Bid Time
1. Oculos $850.00 1 10/15/2021 3:52:00 PM

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