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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1872,0701.38

  • Description

    Standing figure of Viṣṇu with a tall crown, carved in dark grey sandstone. The god is four-armed and holds his standard emblems: a club, discus and conch. His free hand is shown palm outward, the gesture indicating the granting of boons (varadamudrā). He has an oval nimbus, set horizontally, delicately carved with flowers in low relief. On the nimbus are flying demi-gods (vidyādhara) carrying garlands. The god stands on a lotus and is flanked by a male and female figure, probably personifications of his weapons Gadādevī – the club – and Cakrapuruṣa – the discus.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 9thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 81 centimetres (object and plinth)
    • Width: 38 centimetres
    • Depth: 14 centimetres
    • Height: 77 centimetres (just object)
    • Width: 34 centimetres
    • Depth: 12 centimetres
    • Weight: 46 kilograms
  • Bibliography

    • Guy & Willis 2007 no. 60 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    26 Jul-18 Nov, 2007: Barcelona, CaixaForum, L'Escultura en els Temples Indis. L'Art de Devocio.

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    21 July 2006

    Reason for treatment

    Loan

    Treatment proposal

    Light clean.

    Condition

    The object is structurally sound. There is a fine layer of dust and dirt on object and the surface is uneven in colour due to deterioration of previous surface treatment. The base that the object is mounted on is uneven on the underside making the object unstable. It also has chipped corners and is uneven in colour for the same reasons as above.

    Treatment details

    The surface of the object was dry cleaned using a brush and vacuum followed by Wishab sponge (vulcanized latex, filler) and Groomstick (modified natural rubber). Areas that were visually disruptive due to uneven colour were improved by touching out with a light wash of Rowney's Cryla colours (acrylic). The losses on the underside and chips on the base were built up with Flugger. Once the fills were sanded back to an appropriate finish the base was mounted on card. The whole base was painted an even slate grey with Rowney's Cryla colours (acrylic).

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1872

  • 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.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1872,0701.38

  • Additional IDs

    • Bridge 22
Figure (Vishnu). Standing figure of Vishnu, carved in a dark grey sandstone; with four arms the hands holding a club, wheel and rosary; flanked by standing figures and two flying celestials with garlands. Oval nimbus set horizontally, the stele having a flat curving top.

Figure (Vishnu). Standing figure of Vishnu, carved in a dark grey sandstone; with four arms the hands holding a club, wheel and rosary; flanked by standing figures and two flying celestials with garlands. Oval nimbus set horizontally, the stele having a flat curving top.

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