Figure (Tara). Made of stone (basalt).
- Found/Acquired: India (East)
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Height: 83 centimetres (including stone base)
- Width: 40 centimetres (including stone base)
- Depth: 22.5 centimetres (including stone base)
Inscription CommentBuddhist creed.
Possibly from Boiconthapore ghat, Monghyr. See Yates, Memoirs of Mr John Chamberlain (London, 1824), pp. 444-5. The account refers to Laksmi and the present sculpture is so described in the Stuart sale catalogue, lot 69.
2010 Aug 4 – Nov 15, China, Shanghai Museum, ‘India: The Art of the Temple’
25 August 2009
Reason for treatment
clean, improve base.
The piece is sound and stable, with surface dirt. Some residue from an unknown liquid spill are present (not from original use).The stone mounting stone has several chips along all bottom edges and some top. The small pad between the piece and the stone base is an unsightly colour and in areas rises over the sculpture surface more than necessary.
The piece was cleaned using a swab to apply 50:50 Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol).Any areas where the pad covered the surface of the stone unnecessarily were cut back mechanically. The pad was then toned in to a more recessive colour using Rowney's Cryla colours (acrylic). The base was filled using Polyfilla interior (calcium sulphate hydrate,cellulose ether), and toned in using Rowney's Cryla colours (acrylic).
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.
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Object reference number: RRI828
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