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19th C. Indian Wood Shaivite Saint Corbel

Central Asia, India, ca. mid 19th century CE. A beautifully carved wooden corbel depicting a praying man. The corbel has a flat base that flares outward, its edges carved with lotus flowers in relief. A similarly-shaped piece of wood is at the top of the corbel, forming a frame around the man, who is depicted kneeling and leaning forward, his hands pressed together. He has a long beard and long hair, with large, wide eyes that have remains of pigment on them. Shaivism is one of the traditions of Hinduism, and revere Shiva as the Supreme Being. A corbel like this one would have graced a Shaivic temple. Size: 2.9" L x 9.5" W x 13.75" H (7.4 cm x 24.1 cm x 34.9 cm)

Condition: Small areas of wear, scratching, and chips on the surface. Surface cracks, but none that challenge the integrity of the piece. A few small areas of remaining pigment. Small old repair on the underside with some adhesive and overpainting. Really fine remaining detail with a rich patina.

Provenance: private New Jersey, USA collection

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