Anant Kumar Mishra - New Now London Thursday, July 13, 2023 | Phillips
  • Artist Anant Kumar Mishra on When the Gods Were Born 2


    ‘In today’s world, we continue to worship mythological deities with exceptional powers. Growing up on stories from the Mahabharat, the Ramayan, and the Puranas (Hindi mythological and sociological texts) my conscience was populated with images of deities with immense powers – Ravana with his ten heads, Shiva with his third eye, Durga with her eight hands.

    Then is it possible that a foetus in the womb, if born with such abnormal features, might possess extraordinary powers? Can such human creativity, if gone undetected while still in the womb in spite of all medical advancements, be born into a privileged status rather than facing social stigma?


    These sculptures do not seek any absolute answers but rather pose questions about our construction of reality – about possibility and process. In them, I am pursuing questions related to art and creativity and the relationship between an idea and its materialisation – finding ways of embodying the more abstract images of the mind.’ - Anant Kumar Mishra

    • Provenance

      Religare Art Gallery, New Delhi
      Tiroche DeLeon Collection
      Acquired from the above by the present owner


Lot offered with No Reserve

When The Gods Were Born 2

fibreglass, vermilon and resin
29 x 19 x 13 cm (11 3/8 x 7 1/2 x 5 1/8 in.)
Executed in 2011.

Full Cataloguing

£1,000 - 2,000 •‡

Sold for £191

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London Auction 13 July 2023