Viṣṇu and Lakṣmī supported by Garuḍa carved in a beige sandstone.
Viṣṇu is shown crowned and holding a lotus tendril, club (gadā) and conch (śaṅkha, now damaged). Lakṣmī, seated on Viṣṇu's left lap, embraces him with one arm and holds a lotus stalk with her free hand; behind her head is a circular device which may be a Viṣṇu's discus (cakra).
- Found/Acquired: India (Central?)
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Height: 43 centimetres
- Length: 24.5 centimetres
22 July 1998
Reason for treatment
Clean. ake up base. Retouch where necessary.
The relief was dirty with a weathered surface. The weathering had produced a pale bloom in some places on the dark grey stone. The stone had flaked in a few places. The relief did not stand upright.
The flaking and the bloom on the stone were quite sound. The stone was vacuumed and the wiped with cotton wool swabs soaked in boiling water. Small areas of greasy dirt were cleaned with acetone or Nitromors (NITW) removed with acetone. The base was made up with microballoons mixed with a 20% solution of Paraloid B72 in IMS/acetone. This base was then stuck to a piece of acid free card with PVA.
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.
- 1872,0711.71 (?)
Figures of Vi??u and Lak?mi supported by Garu?a in a beige sandstone. Vi??u is shown crowned and holding a lotus tendril, club (gada) and conch (sa?kha, now damaged). Lak?mi, seated on Vi??u's left lap, embraces him with one arm and holds a lotus stalk with her free hand; behind her head is a circular device which may be a Vi??u's discus (cakra).
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Object reference number: RRI854
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