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Indian & South Asian Sculpture

Sculpture in South Asia emerged in the Indus Valley civilization and rapidly spread throughout the region. Examples of sculpture from this period consist predominantly of pottery figurines that portray animals and deities and have been discovered in what is now modern day Pakistan. Rare examples of sculptures forged from stone and metal have been excavated from these sites, including a miniature female bronze statuette that is considered a national treasure due to its extreme scarcity.

Other well-known and celebrated genres of South Asian and Indian sculpture include the pink sandstone sculptures of Mathura (100-300 A.D.); the bronzes of the Chola dynasty (850-1250 A.D.); and the Greco-Buddhist sculptures of Gandhara (100-200 A.D.), which reflect the influence of the Greeks after the invasion of Alexander the Great. South Asia’s reputation as one of the most prolific and masterful regions of sculptural production remains as robust today as ever before.


Quick Facts

  • The Persian and Greek influence in Gandharan sculpture appears evident in the wavy hair, sandals, and acanthus leaf decorations that adorn many of the figurines from this area
  • Classically speaking, monumental sculpture in India and South Asia generally relates to religious subject matters, often depicting deities in straightforward frontal poses
  • Greco-Buddhist art developed in South Asia over a period of roughly a thousand years between the invasion of Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C. and the Islamic conquests in the 7th century A.D.

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Seven Carved Ivory Elephants - Perhaps Indian
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Seven Carved Ivory Elephants - Perhaps Indian
by McKenzies Auctioneers
Est: AUD250- AUD350
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A SANDSTONE BUST OF A CELESTIAL NYMPH
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A SANDSTONE BUST OF A CELESTIAL NYMPH
by Nagel Auction
Est: €250- €350
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A GANDHARA TERRACOTTA BUST OF A HUNTER, CIRCA 5TH CENTURY CE OR LATER
Dec 09, 1:00 PM GMT
A GANDHARA TERRACOTTA BUST OF A HUNTER, CIRCA 5TH CENTURY CE OR LATER
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £200- £300
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Art de Nalanda, Bouddha assis en pierre noire
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by Dogny Auction
Est: CHF4,000- CHF6,000
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A bronze processional figure of Ardhanarishvara. Southern India. In the style of the Chola period, probably 19th century
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A bronze processional figure of Ardhanarishvara. Southern India. In the style of the Chola period, probably 19th century
by Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
Est: €2,000- €3,000
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A SEATED PARTLY GILD BRONZE BUDDHA AKSHOBHYA WITH AN ALMS BOWL AND WEARING A ROBE IN RELIEF
Dec 07, 9:30 AM CET
A SEATED PARTLY GILD BRONZE BUDDHA AKSHOBHYA WITH AN ALMS BOWL AND WEARING A ROBE IN RELIEF
by Nagel Auction
Est: €300- €500
€3001 Bid
Four Northern India Carved Marble Hindu & Buddhist Statues -
Dec 07, 5:00 PM EST
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by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $200- $400
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A BLACK STONE FIGURE OF PARSHVANATHA, JAIN, 15TH-17TH CENTURY
Dec 10, 11:00 AM CET
A BLACK STONE FIGURE OF PARSHVANATHA, JAIN, 15TH-17TH CENTURY
by Galerie Zacke
Est: €750- €1,500
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India Polychrome Carved Wood, Two Seated Figures, 19Th.C. H 9", W 10", D 3"
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
India Polychrome Carved Wood, Two Seated Figures, 19Th.C. H 9", W 10", D 3"
by DuMouchelles
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
A WOOD RELIEF CARVED WITH A HINDU DEITY AND ATTENDANTS
Dec 08, 9:30 AM CET
A WOOD RELIEF CARVED WITH A HINDU DEITY AND ATTENDANTS
by Nagel Auction
Est: €200- €300
€2001 Bid
EINE STATUE VON BUDDHA AUS SCHIEFER
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CET
EINE STATUE VON BUDDHA AUS SCHIEFER
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €5,000- €10,000
€5,0001 Bid
Vintage Indian Carved Rosewood Cobra Sculpture
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Indian Carved Rosewood Cobra Sculpture
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $200- $2,000
$1001 Bid
A GANDHARA TERRACOTTA BUST OF A NOBLE MAN, CIRCA 5TH CENTURY CE OR LATER
Dec 09, 1:00 PM GMT
A GANDHARA TERRACOTTA BUST OF A NOBLE MAN, CIRCA 5TH CENTURY CE OR LATER
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1601 Bid
A GANDHARA GREY SCHIST BUST OF A NOBLE WOMAN, CIRCA 4TH-5TH CENTURY CE
Dec 09, 1:00 PM GMT
A GANDHARA GREY SCHIST BUST OF A NOBLE WOMAN, CIRCA 4TH-5TH CENTURY CE
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1501 Bid
Pair of Carved Ivory Hindu Deities
Dec 06, 6:00 PM AWST
Pair of Carved Ivory Hindu Deities
by McKenzies Auctioneers
Est: AUD250- AUD400
AUD2001 Bid
An Indo-Portuguese ivory mountain socle of the Christ Child as the Good Shepherd. India, Goa. Ca. 1675-1750
Dec 09, 11:00 AM CET
An Indo-Portuguese ivory mountain socle of the Christ Child as the Good Shepherd. India, Goa. Ca. 1675-1750
by Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
Est: €500- €800
€3501 Bid
Zwei Sitzende, im Gandhara-Stil.
Dec 09, 10:00 AM CET
Zwei Sitzende, im Gandhara-Stil.
by Dannenberg
Est: €100- €120
€1001 Bid
Ancient Indian Carved Stone Celestial Dancer to the Gods
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
Ancient Indian Carved Stone Celestial Dancer to the Gods
by Material Culture
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$7501 Bid
A GANDHARA STUCCO GOLD GILT BUST DEPICITING A RELIGIOUS FIGURE, CIRCA 4TH-5TH CENTURY CE
Dec 09, 1:00 PM GMT
A GANDHARA STUCCO GOLD GILT BUST DEPICITING A RELIGIOUS FIGURE, CIRCA 4TH-5TH CENTURY CE
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £200- £300
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A bronze standing figure of Buddha Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa Period (1017-1232) style, possibly later
Dec 07, 2:00 PM AEDT
A bronze standing figure of Buddha Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa Period (1017-1232) style, possibly later
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Est: AUD1,000- AUD2,000
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Dec 20, 12:00 PM EST
19th Century Indian Wood Polychrome Nandi Sculpture
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
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Est: $80- $160
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A bronze figure of Shiva as Chandrashekhara,
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