Lower part of an image-surround (parikarma) carved in a beige-coloured sandstone. The piece has two standing female figures placed against a pilaster with a sharply-moulded capital. Part of the garland that surrounded the original image (probably a goddess) is preserved on one side.
- Found/Acquired: India, Provenance unrecorded, possibly Jejākadeśa (north)
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Height: 53.5 centimetres
- Length: 14.5 centimetres
IM painted on the object confirms this is a genuine India Museum transfer.
4 March 1996
D Dry clean. Consolidate where necessary. Re-touch any small defects.
The stone, a fine grained, light buff sandstone, is in good condition. There are a few chipped surfaces and both of the figures have damaged noses. The blackening of the stone is partly due to pollution (the back and sides of the fragment) but is an applied colour on the front surfaces. It is similar to the black application found on the fragments 1880.449.a-c (PRN: VRA20567). It is finely particulate and might be grate blacking. It appears to be soluble in 2 ethoxy-ethanol, and then water.
The dust on the fragment was vacuumed away, and the stone was cleaned with Wishab sponges and Groomstick. Small areas of cream and white paint were removed with acetone. The various lacunae were retouched with Cryla acrylic colours (removable with acetone). The remains of a white painted cross on the flat stone surface above the figures was extensively retouched with the acrylic paints. Further treatment carried out in February 96 was as follows:-Poultices of laponite with acetone were applied over Japanese tissue to the worst of the blackened areas. The two figures and the ornament on the carved areas surrounding the figures,these were cleaned off with de-ionised water. The worst areas were then cleaned again with acetone in de-ionised water. All obvious abrasions and remaining obtrusive discoloration were retouched with acrylic paints. A base of Sebralit, [a thixotropic polyester resin], and sand, was built onto the broken bottom of the image frame, enabling the fragment to be stood upright. A hole, extending through the depth of the resin and sand base, was left in case it becomes necessary to sleeve and dowel the sculpture to a stone base for exhibition purposes. The base was smothed and any lacuae filled with small amounts of Polyfilla and pigment. An acid-free piece of card was then attached to the base, [this allows the sculpture to be slid over a shelf] and the whole was retouched with Cryla acrylic colours.
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Object reference number: RRI11985
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