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Appraiser Alan AOA C
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I have a marble sculpture, about 14 inches high, of a god with

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I have a marble sculpture, about 14 inches high, of a god with three snakes on each arm and one ontop of the crown on his head. I believe that he's Jain--he has an Indian face and at one time his lips, snakes and loin cloth were painted. Unlike other Indian sculptures that I've seen, he's quite chubby, kind of like a Buddah with a round fat stomach. How can I find out how old the sculpture is and if it is worth anything?

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I am a Certified & Licensed Insurance Adjuster, Accredited AOA Appraiser, and an IRS Qualified Appraiser. It will be my pleasure to put my expertise, libraries & resources, and experience in the field to work for you.

JustAnswer has just sent me your question regarding your marble sculpture. Thank you very much! I believe I will be able to help, but first I have to get a little more information from you.
Is there a mark, signature, or any writing on this piece? If so could you type it out for me? If there are characters, will a clear picture be available?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

At the moment, the best I can do re a photo is a scan. Is that ok? I know that it's not as good as a photo but will show you what the sculpture looks like. There is no writing on the statue.

That should be just fine Vicki! Please let me know when you have it ready. Thank you!
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Alan, can you please suggest the best way to send you the scan? Many thanks.

Hello Vicki,

Any of the 3 methods above can be used. The photo sharing sites and paperclip are the fastest but if you are unable to work them, then email will be just fine!
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you for your patience while I conducted my research and prepared your answer Vicki.

From experience and research I can tell you This piece is a Buddha and the snakes are called Nagas, these are common in Buddhist art. Nagas are serpent beings from ancient Indian mythology. In early Hindu art, Nagas have human upper torsos but are snakes from the waist down. Judging from the picture, it was made circa 1870's to 1890's.

Searching auction house records and library databases provided recent sales results of qualified market comparable items. Using these I was able to determine the average market value minimum and maximum for you.

These recent completed sales gave your carved Buddha with Nagas statue a current market value of $200 - $300.
As always, the price you are able to sell for may vary depending on venue, condition, market variances, and more.

I would recommend a starting asking price of $400 so that you can reduce if necessary since Market Value represents what someone was willing to pay for an asset, not the amount it was offered for. Please let me know if you would like Insurance value as well.

Please let me know if this is the information you were looking for and reply with any questions now or any time in the future. If you are satisfied, please let me know by rating my answer for my compensation and to close out the question. Thank you kindly.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Many thanks for your help. The one thing I don't understand, because I know that Buddhism disappeared from India many centuries ago, is why my sculpture has an Indian face. There is a Jain god, see, Bhagwan Parshvanath that has seven snakes around his head. I thought that my figure might be him.

Thank you for the reply, I looked over your link and see what you are referring to. Please take a minute to look over this page:

There are also several other examples in google images that you may want to take a look at.

I hope this answers your question and clears everything up for you!