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  • Description

    Sandstone slab carved with two entwined serpents or nāga-s.

  • Date

    • 8thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

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  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 125 kilograms (approximate weight)
    • Height: 89 centimetres
    • Width: 60 centimetres
    • Depth: 17.3 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Guy & Willis 2007 no. 12 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 26 Jul-18 Nov, 2007: Barcelona, CaixaForum, L'Escultura en els Temples Indis. L'Art de Devocio. 2011 Jun – Oct, Ulsan, South Korea, Ulsan Museum, ‘Fantastic Creatures’ 2012 Jan – Apr, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum of Art, ‘Fantastic Creatures’

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  • Acquisition notes

    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.

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  • Additional IDs

    • Bridge 25
    • Stuart 145
Sandstone slab carved with two intertwined serpents (naga).

Sandstone slab carved with two intertwined serpents (naga).

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