Architectural fragment with a standing sundarī or celestial nymph carved in a reddish-brown sandstone.
The nymph stands on a small moulding and is shown wearing a crown and a variety of jewelled ornaments; she is undoing her girdle (mekhalā) to reveal her private parts, a frequent conceit in female celestials used to decorate temple walls.
- Found/Acquired: Rajasthan, Provenance unrecorded, probably from Rājasthān (South)
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan)
- Height: 50.8 centimetres
- Width: 13.5 centimetres
21 August 1997
Clean. Level bottom of relief so that it stands upright for photography.
The object was dirty. It did not stand upright.
The sandstone relief was cleaned with hot water. Certain lime execrescences were retained. A base was built up with microballoons and Paraloid B72. The base was retouched in Cryla colours to match the stone.
Standing sundari or celestial nymph carved in a reddish-brown sandstone. The nymph wears a crown and a variety of jewelled ornaments; she is undoing her girdle (mekhala) to reveal her private parts, a common conceit in such images.
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Object reference number: RRI9821
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