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Multi-headed Tantric goddess in a black basalt. The figure sits in lilasana and has eight arms holding a variety of weapons and emblems. On the reverse is a geometric pattern in low relief.
- 11thC (Obverse (figural sculpture))
- 15thC (reverse (decorative carving))
- Made in: Bengal (?)
- Found/Acquired: India (East)
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Height: 69.5 centimetres
- Width: 37 centimetres
This stone has been carved on both sides at different times. The earlier figural sculpture of a tantric goddess has been dated to the 11th century whilst the scrolling floral designed which is carved on the reverse of the stone is dated to the 15th century.
Purchased by John Bridge at the Stuart sale at Christie's in June, 1830. The collection was given to the British Museum in 1872 by Mrs John Bridge and his nieces, Miss Fanny Bridge and Mrs Edgar Baker, on the death that year of George Bridge, brother of John Bridge.
- Bridge 77
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Object reference number: RRI824
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