A VIETNAMESE CHAM STYLE GOLD FIGURE OF SHIVA Vietnam, 20th century reproduction of an original 12th century piece. The standing gold figure of Shiva is brilliantly executed in the Cham style, with large, almondshaped eyes, a continuous eyebrow line, a flat, wide nose, full lips and a thick moustache. The eyes and lips are accentuated with bordering lines. The three eyes (including the Urna) are inlaid with gemstones. The two-tiered bun is richly braided, and the ears are elongated. The elbows are bent, and the arms stretched out with open hands. The figure stands atop an integrated silver double lotus pedestal.
Condition: Excellent condition with little wear, such as tarnishing and smaller dents. Provenance: Originates from The Zelnik Istvan Southeast Asian Gold Museum, Budapest. Hungarian private collection.
Weight: 1,075 g. Dimensions: Height 48.5 cm. Metallurgic analysis: The fine gold content of the gold figure (excluding the silver pedestal) is 666/1000.
Gold value: The gold content of this figure is roughly 750 grams which has an approximate melting value of 20.000 Euros.
Published: The Zelnik Istvan Southeast Asian Gold Museum, pages 224-225, Budapest 2013. At the time this figure was published as an original, an opinion that was revised around 2015 and therefore the figure was withdrawn from the museum collection.
Metallurgic Analysis The data from the metallurgic analysis relates to the proportion of fine gold contained in the gold alloy only. It does not relate to the gross weight of the lot, as the gross weight consists of the weight of the gold alloy and the weight of other materials added to the lot such as gemstones, soil encrustations, casting cores or other metals processed within the lot.