Head of a male deity, probably Viṣṇu. Carved in beige sandstone and abraded; traces of colour.
- Found/Acquired: India (north)
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Height: 313 millimetres
- Width: 148 millimetres
- Depth: 160 millimetres
Perhaps the head of the image of Śārṅgin mentioned in the pillar inscription of Skandagupta at Bhitri, see Fleet, CII 3 (1888): 54 (verse 10):
[*karttavyā ]pratimā kācit pratimāṃ tasya śārṅgiṇaḥ [*|]
s[u]pratītaścakāremāṃ [*kumārasvāmināmikām ] [*||10]
'The Art of Devotion', La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain. Exhibition dates: 26/07/2007-18/11/2007.
26 October 2006
Reason for treatment
Light clean, remount object on a limestone base.
The object is a stable condition. The sandstone head has retains of a red applied pigment. The head has been previously dowelled and is accompanied by its wooden suuport base which it is not connected to. A new mount (limestone) will be required.The head is dirty with ingrained staining, especially at the back where there is no pigment on the surface.
The head was examined under magnification to assess the stability of the red pigment on the face.The pigment is stable enough as to not require the need for consolidation, as this would darken the pigment which could make the change its appearence. The pigment is water soluble after testing a small area. The ingrained dirt at the back of the head (where there is no red pigment) was cleaned using de-ionised water on cotton wool swabs.A stainless steel dowel was used to connect the head to its new base. The dowel was adhered using HMG Paraloid B72 (methyl ethyl methacrlylate), then a top fill of Microballoons (silica or phenolic resin) in 20% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Acetone and IMS(50:50).The limestone base was drilled to accommedate the new dowel and was painted with Cryla colours (acrylic). The base was also mounted on acid free card.
Probably acquired with other sculptures by Horne at Bhitri (District Ghazipur, UP) during the course of his archaeological investigation at the site.
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Object reference number: RRI1298
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