11C Ambika Buff Sandstone Western India

11C Ambika Buff Sandstone Western India

PRESENTING a STUNNING piece of Indian Antiquity from the 11th Century, namely, a 11C Ambika Buff Sandstone Western India Carving.

From Western India.

This piece has impeccable Provenance !

It was purchased by a Private Dallas Collector at Sotheby’s New York Auction on 24th September 2004. Sale Number 8008, Lot No. 20.

Sotheby’s operate a twice yearly auction of Southeast Asian Art & Antiquities in New York in the months of March and September.

The sculpture was described as: “The panel carved in relief with the Goddess standing in a graceful posture at center, balancing a child on her left hip and holding a bunch of radishes in her right hand, another child standing at her right and a lion crouching at her left. Ambika is flanked by an elephant and lion on either side, each with raised foreleg, set within recessed niches separated by pilasters.

13 by 26.75 in. (33 by 68 cm.)

11th/12th Century.

Property from an Upstate New York Collection.”

It carried an Auction estimate of USD 5,000 to USD 7,000 and sold for USD 5,400 (not including buyers premium).

Allowing for inflation alone this would be over $9,000 in today’s value.

The original Sotheby’s Lot No. Label is still attached, as is the catalog label on the back.

It has substantially increased in value over the years as a RARE piece from a prestigious Collection and a RARE piece of Asian antiquity.


Ambika is generally the name of Adi Shakti or Shakti, consort of Parashivam. She has eight arms, holding multiple weapons. She is also known as Bhagavati or Chandi. She is also considered Adi Shakti herself and Mother of the Universe as well as all beings which is also the meaning of the name “Ambika”.she is the goddess in skanda purana and Devi Mahatmya(part of the Markandeya Purana),who appeared from the body of Parvati and slayed the demons Shumbh and Nishumbh. She is also identified as Amba, Durga, Bhagavathi, Parvati, Bhavani,Ambe Maa,Sherawaali,Mata raani etc.

Manifestations and aspects of Ambika

In Srimad Devi Bhagavatham, Ambika is the lineal progenitor of all other goddesses. She is worshiped as one with many forms and names. Her form or incarnation depends on her mood. For example:

  • Lakshmi is an aspect of Ambika who is the energy or Shakti of Lord Vishnu and assists him in Preservation, she is also the Goddess Wealth and Prosperity
  • Saraswati is an aspect of Ambika who is the energy or Shakti of Lord Brahma and assists him in Creation, she is also the Goddess of Knowledge and Wisdom
  • Sati is an aspect of Ambika who is the first wife of Lord Shiva, who immolated herself she is also known as Dakshayini
  • Bhadrakali is one of the fiercest forms of Ambika who destroyed the yagna of Daksha Prajapati
  • Parvati is the gentle form of Ambika, she is also known as Gauri and Uma she is the wife of Lord Shiva
  • Durga is a demon-fighting form of Ambika, and some texts suggest Ambika took the form of Durga to kill the demon Durgamasur.
  • Kali is another ferocious form of Ambika, as the goddess of time and change, with mythological origins in the deity Nirriti.
  • Chandi is the epithet of Durga, considered to be the power of Ambika; she is black in color and rides on a lion, slayer of the demon Mahishasura.
  • Ten Mahavidyas are the ten aspects of Shakti. In tantra, all have importance and all are different aspects of Ambika.
  • 52 Shakti Peethas suggests all goddesses are expansions of the goddess Ambika.
  • Navadurga nine forms of the goddess Ambika
  • Meenakshi, the goddess with eyes shaped like a fish.
  • Kamakshi, goddess of love and devotion.
  • Lalita, the playful Goddess of the Universe, she is a form of the Devi Ambika.
  • Akhilandeshwari, found in coastal regions of India, is the goddess associated with water.[2]
  • Annapurna is the representation of all that is complete and of food.
  • Yogini The 64 yoginis are 64 forms or aspects of Goddess Ambika.:

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambika_(goddess)


11C Ambika Buff Sandstone Western India.

Provenance: See Above.

Condition: Excellent.

Dimensions: 13″ x 26.75″

PRICE: $24,600