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).
- Found/Acquired: India, Provenance unrecorded, possibly Jamsot (Central?)
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Height: 68.6 centimetres
- Width: 35 centimetres
- Length: 21.5 centimetres
- Weight: 57 kilograms
2000 14 May-29 Oct, Germany, Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Seven Hills – Images and Signs of the 21st Century
17 December 1999
Clean. Retouch where necessary., D
The sandstone sculpture was in good condition, but dirty.
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.
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.
- Bridge 85
- Stuart 55
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Object reference number: RRI838
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