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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1872,0701.65

  • Description

    Seated figure of the Jain goddess Sulocanā, shown with eight arms, seated on a lotus and surrounded by attendant figures; a seated Jina at the top. Carved in beige sandstone; inscribed.

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 850 (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 76.2 centimetres
    • Width: 47 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Nagari
      • Inscription Position

        base
      • Inscription Language

        Sanskrit
      • Inscription Transliteration

        sulocanā
      • Inscription Comment

        Label naming the goddess.
  • Curator's comments

    Sulocana is the yakṣī of the Tīrthankara Padmaprabha

  • Bibliography

    • Willis 2000 fig. 71 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1995 6 Nov-22 Jan, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Peaceful Liberators: Jain Art from India
    1995 5 Mar-28 May, Kimbell Art Museum, The Peaceful Liberators: Jain Art from India
    1995 15 Jul-17 Sept, New Orleans Museum of Art, The Peaceful Liberators: Jain Art from India
    1995-1996 2 nov-21 Jan, London, V&A, The Peaceful Liberators: Jain Art from India

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    29 July 1994

    Reason for treatment

    Loan

    Treatment proposal

    Examine for paint traces. Clean. Secure small laminations if necessary. Remove plaster.

    Condition

    Object has superficial dirt and dust. Small laminations. Some traces of plaster on the base of the figure.

    Treatment details

    Surface of the figure cleaned with Wishab sponge (vulcanized latex,filler). Further cleaning was with acetone and water 50/50. Difficult areas were cleaned with acetone. A pad was made with David's P38 Isopon (polyester paste) and David's P40 Isopon (polyester,glass fibre), to enable the figure to stand evenly. This was retouched to match the colouring of the piece with acrylic paints. The pad was adhered to the base with Sebralit resin (polyester). The laminations did not require treatment.

    About these records 

  • 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

    1872,0701.65

Seated figure of the Jain goddess Sulocana, shown with eight arms, seated on a lotus and surrounded by attendant figures; a seated Jina at the top. Carved in beige sandstone; inscribed.

Seated figure of the Jain goddess Sulocana, shown with eight arms, seated on a lotus and surrounded by attendant figures; a seated Jina at the top. Carved in beige sandstone; inscribed.

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