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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1872,0701.55

  • Description

    Seated figure of the goddess Sarasvatī carved in a beige-coloured sandstone.

    The four-armed goddess holds a rosary (akṣamālā), palm-leaf book (pustaka) and a stringed instrument (vīṇā). In the pedestal in low relief is her vehicle, the goose (haṁsa).

  • Date

    • 12thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 68.6 centimetres
    • Width: 35 centimetres
    • Length: 21.5 centimetres
    • Weight: 57 kilograms
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2000 14 May-29 Oct, Germany, Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Seven Hills – Images and Signs of the 21st Century

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    17 December 1999

    Reason for treatment

    Temporary Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Clean. Retouch where necessary., D

    Condition

    The sandstone sculpture was in good condition, but dirty.

    Treatment details

    The sculpture was vacuumed and then wiped with water dampened swabs. Dark areas were degreased [NITMOS, neut. with acetone,] with variable success. Blemishes were retouched with Cryla acrylic paints.

    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

    1872,0701.55

  • Additional IDs

    • Bridge 85
    • Stuart 55
Seated figure of the goddess Saravati in a beige coloured sandstone.

Seated figure of the goddess Saravati in a beige coloured sandstone.

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