19 C Karnataka Tamil Nadu Wood Hindu Skanda Apollo Temple Cart Panel Carving Yqz For SaleUntitled Document
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India 1800's Oblong Panel Likely From A Temple
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India, 1800's. Karnataka Tamil Nadu Wood Hindu Skanda Apollo Temple Cart Panel Carving. A large oblong panel likely from a temple or temple cart for processions, South India, Tamil Nadu or Karnataka State, of carved hardwood (teak ?) and showing a central image of Skanda with four hands holding a cakra and conch (?) and the primary hands in Abhaya (coming in peace) and Varadamudra (gesture of granting of wishes) and shown seated on a throne in a position of ease. The throne flanked by images of his consorts Valli and Devasena on lotus thrones and each with a lotus blossom. To the right the two goddesses dancing with flying scarves and covered in jewellery. Either side of the panel with a peacock, his symbol and mount (vahana). The panel bordered in sharply carved with petals and fine lotus borders within relief diamonds. Back with modern hook mounts, remains of glue and a crack not affecting the front relief. Chips and some looses to edges of petals and borders, the figures intact. It measures approx. 29" x 10" and is VERY HEAVY!
Skanda, one of the sons of Siva and Parvati is known my many names - Karttikeya, Murugan - the "luminous Warrior" often shown in partial armour or with a spear or by a fortress. Associated with war and victory, and particularly revered in South India and Tamil culture. In Karnataka State he is known as Subramanya - Crushing Snakes, and associated with protection from snakebite and attack.
Murugan, the Hindu God of war and victory, is a popular deity among Tamil Hindus, and is worshiped primarily in areas with Tamil influences, especially South India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Malaysia, Singapore and Reunion Island. His six most important shrines in India are the Arupadaiveedu temples, located in Tamil Nadu. In Sri Lanka, Hindus as well as Buddhists revere the sacred historical Nallur Kandaswamy temple in Jaffna and the sacred Buddhist and Hindu shrine of Katirkāmam Temple (also in Sinhala "Katharagama Devalaya") dedicated to him, situated deep south in the country. Ethnic Tamil in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, of Malaysia also pray to Lord Murugan during Thaipusam.
In Karnataka he is popular as Subrahmanya and is often associated with snakes, famous shrine Kukke Subramanya is well known for Sarpa shanti rites. In Andhra Pradesh and Bengal as well as other parts of Tamil Nadu, he is popular by the names Subrahmanya and Kartikeya (meaning 'son of Krittika') respectively. Murugan (Manifestation of beauty)is more popular in South India especially among the Tamil people compared to other peoples of India, and is famously referred to as Thamizh Kadavul (God of Tamils).
For those not familiar with Anthony Lee here is his bio: Anthony M. Lee is an institutional, market and collection consultant specializing in the arts of China, Japan, Korea, Himalayan Kingdoms, South and Southeast Asia. Starting as a salesperson at age 14 in Chinese antiques in a family business, he went on to university studies in Asian arts, as well as receiving his licenses in tea ceremony, with further studies of ceramics and religious art over eight years in Japan. For several years he was an associate dealer with Sotheby's online site and consultant with various sale houses and museums. Anthony has acted as consultant to over 20 museums, government agencies and trusts including the largest museums in Canada and the US, as well as major collectors, dealers, insurance and transportation companies worldwide.
He is considered by many to be one of the foremost experts in the world in Asian Art & Artifacts.
Anthony Lee started a website ages ago called Asianart. It is a place to post photos of your items and have experts identify them for you. (You can still post things there and folks will help you.) He no longer moderates it and identifies things for us as here on as an old friend. Estimated shipping weight, (packaged) is 13 lbs 8 oz in a 30 x 15 x 8 box. The Calculator is not always right - if the shipping looks too high email us and we will give you an accurate quote prior to the sale ending. ************ What a great find!
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