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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1880.248

  • Description

    Standing Tīrthaṁkara carved in porous grey sandstone.

    The standing Tīrthaṁkara is framed by flat pilasters topped by seated Jinas and sheltered by a parasol flanked by elephants and celestial beings. Attendants, a man and a woman and probably donors, knell at the Jina's feet; flywhisk bearers, much damaged, stand beside them. Damaged, abraded and stained with the lower arms of the main figure missing.

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  • Date

    • 12thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 99 centimetres
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    23 December 1999

    Reason for treatment

    Publication/Catalogue

    Treatment proposal

    Clean., D

    Condition

    The relief was very dirty. There was some flaking areas on the smaller supporting figures.

    Treatment details

    The relief was vacuumed, due attention being paid to the flaking areas. The carving was the wiped over with water dampened swabs. There was no consolidation of the flakes [in agreement with the curator], as the object was only to be photographed. If the sculpture is to be displayed these flakes need to be consolidated.

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  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1880.248

Figure of a standing Tirtha?kara carved on porous grey sandstone. The image shows parasol with elephants on each side and divine beings above. Attendants are kneeling and standing below. The figure of the Tirtha?kara is damaged with the lower arms missing.

Figure of a standing Tirtha?kara carved on porous grey sandstone. The image shows parasol with elephants on each side and divine beings above. Attendants are kneeling and standing below. The figure of the Tirtha?kara is damaged with the lower arms missing.

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