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Himalayan art at Pundole's goes under the hammer

An auction in Mumbai provides a rare opportunity for art lovers to get their hands on artifacts linked with Himalayan communities.

 “It is one of the finest collections of Himalayan art in the world. Well-known Asian art scholar Pratapaditya Pal, who will be presenting two lectures in conjunction with the auction, first met Sabavala in the 1970s. He writes in the auction catalogue: “She voraciously acquired metal statues, thanks and ritual objects. Serendipity also brought her one charming stone sculpture from Kashmir, a couple of attractive metal images from Northeast India that had probably travelled to Tibet in the 12th century to return home centuries later and a few objects from Nepal. With 300 plus objects in the collection, she had certainly outdone the Tata brothers numerically”.

This rare stone sculpture from Kashmir, a 10th century piece showing Shiva and Parvati with their two sons, forms the first lot of the auction.