Prophet Mohammed’s footprint and Mahatma Gandhi’s painting up for auction
The auction world, more so the ones that deal with master art pieces, has shown a strong inclination towards Middle Eastern and South East Asian art. We recently saw the Islamic coins auction which gained notoriety for fetching a high price during the auction event. Even Chinese art in the form of the Red Imperial bowl, fetched record prices at the auction it featured. Now paintings of the Holy Prophet Mohammed’s (S.A.W) feet, and a painting of Mahatma Gandhi, known as ‘Father of the nation’ in India, is up for auction by Mullock’s auctioneers on May 21 this year. Noted to be one of the rare art forms, both of these will have a large religious, and historic significance across audiences and collectors in the world.
Perhaps the most significant part of the auction, is the Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W) feet painting, known to have originated in the Ottoman empire, during the 18th century. The theme based on which the painting has been created, relates to the historic belief that the holy prophet left his footprints on a number of stones. After his death, those footprints were moved to various shrines, mosques, and tombs around the world for preservation, and as a mark of holiness associated with the prophet. Some of the imprints are also seen at the Topkopi Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Benaki Islamic Museum in Greece. Due to the rarity and religious attachment, this art piece is known to be worth anything between $15,572 to $23,358 (£10,000 to £15,000), as per pre-auction estimates.
Also, there will various other documents and paintings related to great figures in history. One such largely mentionable work of art is a painting of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (a.k.a. Mahatma Gandhi), who is revered for his philosophy of non-violence in leading one’s life. There are several portraits which has been signed by Gandhi himself, apart from documents such as his will, power of attorney, and also important letters regarding disputes within the Indian National Congress which one can bid for at the event. Apart from this, Gandhi’s personal prayer beads, shawl from the linen he wove himself, personal bowl, spoon and fork, drinking cup, and the famous ivory carved ’3 wise monkeys’ are set to find a new owners. Without a shred of doubt, this remains one of the most important auctions for historical documents related to India.