ON CONSIGNMENT – ITEMS LOCATED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
AGE: 9TH – 10TH CENTURY
HISTORICAL INFORMATION RELATED TO THESE LAVA STONE HEADS
THE FIRST COLLECTOR
These pieces were collected by a gentleman born to Irish/Malay parents between 1880 and 1890 in Penang, Malaysia. In adulthood he managed rubber plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as owning race horses. This love of horses was passed down to a grandson who became a well known horse owner and trainer in England. His daughter, (the current owners mother) born in 1922 believed he acquired these pieces in Indonesia before or soon after she was born.
During WW11 a young Royal marine was stationed in Penang, whilst there he met and married the daughter of the owner of these artifacts. During the war the young marine returned to England with his bride. In the early 1950’s, due to the hardships they experienced after the war they returned to Penang, where they resided for nearly a decade. It was during these years that the daughters father gifted these stone heads to the couple as a belated wedding present.
In the late fifties the young marine secured a position in Uganda, Africa. These artifacts resided with the couple until they were forced out of Uganda in the early seventies after Idi Amin became President of Uganda. After their departure from Uganda the couple returned to England. Upon the death of his wife in 1985 he moved to South Africa to live with one of his sons.
Before leaving for South Africa he gave these artifacts to his son for safekeeping, he has since passed away and his son was the beneficiary, he would now like to sell them to a collector who appreciates this art form.
HINDU DEITY VISHNU (assuming)
Vishnu (Sanskrit “The Pervader”) is one of the three main deities in Hindu mythology and one of the principal gods of the Trimurti. He appears in several forms mainly through his avatars, to name a few, Rama, Krishna and the Hayagriva.
Not all the avatars of Vishnu are benevolent, some, such as krishna and Parashurama (Rama seen holding an Ax), are thought to be responsible for taking the lives of many innocent people.
BRAHMA THREE HEADED HINDU DEITY
Brahma the father of all the Gods is one of three gods of the Trimurti (Sanskrit word for three gods) in Hindu mythology, he is believed to have created the world and all the creatures in it.The other two are Shiva and Vishnu. Vishnu is the preserver of the universe whilst Shiva role was to destroy in order to re-create. The image of Brahma with three faces depicts these three gods into a single form.