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Asit Kumar Haldar
Conversion of Greek Heliodoros to the Hindu religion of Vaishnavism


The present lot by Asit Kumar Haldar is the carefully detailed rendition of a historical scene from the 2nd century BC. As indicated by the title, it depicts the ceremony of the religious conversion of Heliodoros, an Indo-Greek ambassador, to Vaishnavism. Sent to the Indian city of Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh by Antialcidas, the king of Taxila, it is believed that Heliodoros, like others before and after him, was enamored by India; "from the...



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  Lot 3 of 67  

EVENING SALE | NEW DELHI, LIVE
12 SEPTEMBER 2019

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Rs 8,40,000
$11,831

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Asit Kumar Haldar
Conversion of Greek Heliodoros to the Hindu religion of Vaishnavism
Signed in Bengali with artist's stamp, bearing a number '8' sticker and an indistinct inscription (lower left), inscribed 'ASIT K HALDAR' (lower right) and bearing a plaque (lower centre); signed and dated 'AK.Haldar/ 26/2/52' (on the reverse)
1952
Gouache on paper
27.75 x 19.5 in (70.3 x 49.8 cm)

Inscription on the plaque reads 'Conversion of Heliodores to Vaishnavism/ (2nd. Century B.C.)' in English and Devnagari

PUBLISHED
Dr Radha Kumud Mookerji, Indian Culture at a Glance, Lucknow: The Department of Education, Government of Uttar Pradesh, 1960, pl. 8 (illustrated)

Category: Painting
Style: Figurative


 









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