Lot 229: BALAKRISHNA AS “BUTTER THIEF”
November 19, 2016
Vienna, Vienna, AustriaLive Auction
Bronze. South-India, approx. 14th – 15th cent.
A very well-crafted depiction in bronze. The eight incarnation of the high god Vishnu is Krishna. He is depicted here as a boy, “crawling” with both legs and one hand on the floor. In one hand he is holding the butter which he had stolen from the shepherd girls (he also stole all of their clothes when they were bathing…). Balakrishna is almost naked, wearing only a small loin cloth and characteristic tapering headwear as well as jewelry on the ears and chest. The vivid facial features present him as a confident young man. Very good deep patina.
HEIGHT 9,7 CM
From a German collection, afterwards collection Sohel Ch., New Delhi – Vienna
A noteworthy share of the antiques offered here – around 130 lots – originate from the Collection Sohel Ch., a successful business man from Delhi who spent many years in Vienna. The part of his collection, which we here offer, was mainly acquired in the art trade of Vienna. The chief reason for his collecting activity, which he perpetuated with considerable specialized knowledge, sense for quality and great committment, was to establish a private Asian museum in his native city of New Delhi. Because of severe illness, it was impossible for him to realize his plan and he thus decided to submit us the entire complex of his "Viennese collection" for sale.
來自 Sohel Ch. 先生的舊藏
這本圖錄所紀錄的藝術品的大部分（約130件）來自 Sohel Ch. 先生的舊藏。這位收藏家是個來自新德里的古董拒買，曾有數年住在維也納。這次所介紹的藝術品主要來自他的維也納分點。他數十年的努力，知識和質量敏感都曾進入他的收藏活動，結果之一為在其城市，新德里，收藏到了一個原來屬於私人亞洲美術館的收藏的全部藏品。很不幸的是這位收藏家最近生病極為嚴重，無法實現自己原來對藝術藏品的願望，結果把全部維也納分店的收藏提供給拍賣公司給以賣出。