C14 tested to 1180 +/- 130 years, sample # GX-32881
In Vedic times, Indra was the supreme ruler of the gods. He was the leader of the Devas, the god of war, the god of thunder and storms, the greatest of all warriors, the strongest of all beings. He was the defender of gods and mankind against the forces of evil. He had early aspects of a sun-god, riding in a golden chariot across the heavens, but he is more often known as the god of thunder, wielding the celestial weapon Vajra, the lightning bolt. He also employs the bow, a net, and a hook in battle. He shows aspects of being a creator god, having set order to the cosmos, and since he was the one who brought water to earth, he was a fertility god as well. He also had the power to revive slain warriors who had fallen in battle.
Indra is described as being very powerful, with a reddish complexion, and with either two or four very long arms. His parents were the sky god Dyaus Pitaand the earth goddess Prthivi; he was born fully grown and fully armed from his mother’s side. More hymns in the Rig Veda(about 250) are dedicated to him than any other god by a sizable amount. He was known as a great drinker of Soma; sometimes he did this to draw strength, and when he did he grew to gigantic proportions to battle his enemies, but more often he merely wanted to get drunk. When not in his chariot, Indra rode on the great white elephant Airavata, who was always victorious, and who had four tusks which resembled a sacred mountain. He was given numerous titles including Åšakra (“Powerful”), Vajra (“the Thunderer”), Purandara (“Destroyer of Cities”), Meghavahana (“Rider of the Clouds”), and Svargapati (“the Lord of Heaven”).
Saadian Wooden Double Door Morocco Probably Mid 16th century Painted Wood
Saadian Wooden Double Door Morocco, Probably Mid 16th century Painted Wood 78 x 75 1/2 in. (199 x 192 cm.)
Provenance: Christie’s London, 11 April 2011, lot 122.
Comprising two very thick rectangular panels with extended tenon hinges at top and bottom, the face of the two carved together to give a very strong radiating circle of strapwork issuing from a central sun motif, the spandrels with strapwork geometric interlace, the interstices painted with arabesques and floral motifs, in plain red border, the hinge edge with a painted band of interlaced strapwork panels, the reverse of each with a central panel of three strapwork interlace roundels within plain and painted borders, metal kick plate below on each side, metal hinge bindings, with modern mahogany heavy freestanding frame.
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Asia Week NY 2020
2020 EXHIBITIONS & OPEN HOUSE
MARCH 12-21 God/Goddess
Open House Weekend: March 14-15 Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm, By Appointment Only
Hours Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm (By Appointment Only)
Opening Party Thursday, March 12, 6-8pm, By Appointment Only
GALLERY TALK by Laura Weinstein: A Brief Introduction to Indian and Himalayan Art Tuesday, March 17, 10:30am Canceled.