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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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HINDU ARCHITECTURAL WOOD CARVED RELIEF OF FIGURE ON HORSE
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HINDU ARCHITECTURAL WOOD CARVED RELIEF OF FIGURE ON HORSE
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Est: $50- $150
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Three Nepalese Cast Brass Buddha Heads
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Est: AUD40- AUD60
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Bronze Gandhara Figure
May 30, 2:00 PM PDT
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Est: $4,300- $5,200
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Jun 01, 6:30 PM EDT
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INDUS VALLEY SEATED TERRACOTTA FERTILITY IDOL GROUP
Jun 07, 12:00 PM BST
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Est: £200- £300
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INDUS VALLEY TERRACOTTA FIGURE GROUP
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by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £300- £400
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INDUS VALLEY STYLE TERRACOTTA BULL
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Est: £40- £60
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A POLYCHROME PAINTED WOOD CARVED FIGURE OF GANESHA EINE POLYCHROM BEMALTE HOLZGESCHNITZTE FIGUR VON GANESHA
May 31, 10:00 AM CEST
A POLYCHROME PAINTED WOOD CARVED FIGURE OF GANESHA EINE POLYCHROM BEMALTE HOLZGESCHNITZTE FIGUR VON GANESHA
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €200- €400
€2001 Bid
A GILT-COPPER FIGURE OF BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI
Jun 10, 9:30 AM CEST
A GILT-COPPER FIGURE OF BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI
by Nagel Auction
Est: €400- €600
€2001 Bid
A STONE PILLAR
Jun 11, 9:30 AM CEST
A STONE PILLAR
by Nagel Auction
Est: €500- €800
€2401 Bid
A SILVER- AND COPPER-INLAID BRONZE JAIN TIRTHANKARA SHRINE
Jun 11, 9:30 AM CEST
A SILVER- AND COPPER-INLAID BRONZE JAIN TIRTHANKARA SHRINE
by Nagel Auction
Est: €400- €600
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DIVINITY IN BRONZE AND GILDED COPPER. POSSIBLY INDIA. 
Jun 06, 7:00 PM CEST
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An Antique Indian Bronze Gandharan Seated Buddha
Jun 10, 6:00 PM AEST
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Est: AUD200- AUD400
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Extremely Rare and Important Set of Four 17th Century East India
Jun 01, 10:30 AM AEST
Extremely Rare and Important Set of Four 17th Century East India
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD2,500- AUD4,500
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A CARVED WOOD FIGURE OF DURGA SLAYING THE BUFFALO DEMON, NEPAL, 19TH CENTURY
Jun 05, 11:00 AM BST
A CARVED WOOD FIGURE OF DURGA SLAYING THE BUFFALO DEMON, NEPAL, 19TH CENTURY
by Olympia Auctions
Est: £300- £400
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A BRONZE GROUP OF PANCHIKA AND HARITI
Jun 11, 9:30 AM CEST
A BRONZE GROUP OF PANCHIKA AND HARITI
by Nagel Auction
Est: €600- €1,000
€3001 Bid
AN IVORY FIGURE GROUP OF BEARERS AND A PALANQUIN EINE FIGURENGRUPPE AUS ELFENBEIN
May 31, 10:00 AM CEST
AN IVORY FIGURE GROUP OF BEARERS AND A PALANQUIN EINE FIGURENGRUPPE AUS ELFENBEIN
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €200- €400
€2001 Bid
A SINHALESE BRASS FIGURE OF A KANDYAN NOBLEMAN, NEGOMBO, SRI LANKA, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
Jun 05, 11:00 AM BST
A SINHALESE BRASS FIGURE OF A KANDYAN NOBLEMAN, NEGOMBO, SRI LANKA, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
by Olympia Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1001 Bid
A BRASS FIGURE OF A KANDYAN NOBLEMAN, NEGOMBO, SRI LANKA, CIRCA 1900
Jun 05, 11:00 AM BST
A BRASS FIGURE OF A KANDYAN NOBLEMAN, NEGOMBO, SRI LANKA, CIRCA 1900
by Olympia Auctions
Est: £150- £250
£701 Bid
A FINE AND RARE BRONZE FIGURE OF A SIDDHA.
Jun 18, 2:00 PM CEST
A FINE AND RARE BRONZE FIGURE OF A SIDDHA.
by Koller Auctions
Est: CHF12,000- CHF18,000
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Jun 14, 6:00 PM CEST
A bronze figure of Balakrishna Southern India, 19th century Meas: 6.5 X h. 10.3 cm
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Est: €300- €500
€2001 Bid

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