The South Asian Times

24 October 2018 01:15 AM

Buddhist statue, Tyeb Mehta's painting fetch millions

New York: A 13th century Padmapani statue from Nepal sold for around $2.49 million US at a Christie's auction in New York on Tuesday-seven times its expected sale price.

The 45 cm bronze figure was the top lot sold so far in a week of Asian art sales that will see 1,800 artifacts and artworks from China, Southeast Asia and India go on the auction block.

Padmapani is one of the representations of the Buddhist god of compassion and the statue, dressed in a dhoti and sacred thread, has a lotus blossoming on its shoulder. It was bought by an anonymous buyer from the collection of Doris Wiener, an art dealer who was well-known as a collector of Asian art.

An 11th-century bronze of Hindu god Somaskanda, shown with his wife, the goddess Parvati, and his son Skanda, sold for $1.8 million in the same sale.

On Wednesday, a painting by modern Indian master Tyeb Mehta sold for $1.76 million-at the high end of its estimate..Untitled (Figures with Bull Head) from 1984 is from a significant stage in the late artist's work, combining his abstract style and obsession with god figures with refined lines and use of color.

On Wednesday, Sotheby's Indian and Southeast Asian Works of Art sale brought a total of $3,804,726. The top lot was Standing Vishnu, Nepal, circa 12th century which sold for $590,500 (est. $200/300,000), followed by Uma, Khmer, Baphuon period which fetched $530,500 (est. $80/120,000).

Update: 23 March, 2012