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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1998,1224.1

  • Description

    Rectangular plaque with a figure of Viṣṇu carved in grey sandstone.

    The god, rendered in a folkish style, is shown crowned and holding a club (gadā) and discus (cakra) in his lower hands and a conch (śaṅkha) and an indistinct object, possibly a lotus, in his upper hands. Fire scorched, subsequently cleaned.

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  • Date

    • 11thC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 19 centimetres
    • Length: 9 centimetres
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    16 December 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Remove fire damage by cleaning with the laser.

    Condition

    The relief is a made from sandstone and carved in shallow relief. The piece has been fire-damaged as it was in a house fire. Most of the fire-damage is around the bottom edge and to the proper right side. The fire-damage has made the sandstone look 'shiny' and obviously the blackened surface is unslightly.

    Treatment details

    The fire-damage was successfully removed using the departments Nd:YAG cleaning laser at 1064nm wavelength with water. The carbon was removed to a degree where the object can now be displayed.

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1998

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1998,1224.1

  • Additional IDs

    • 1880.3791
Rectangular plaque of standstone carved in a folkish style with a standing figure of Vi??u. The god is shown crowned and holds his usual attribute: a club (gada) and a discus (cakra) in his lower hands, a conch (sa?kha) and an indistinct object (possibly a lotus) in his upper hands.

Rectangular plaque of standstone carved in a folkish style with a standing figure of Vi??u. The god is shown crowned and holds his usual attribute: a club (gada) and a discus (cakra) in his lower hands, a conch (sa?kha) and an indistinct object (possibly a lotus) in his upper hands.

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