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  • Description

    Figure (Tara). Made of stone (basalt).

  • Date

    • 11thC
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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 83 centimetres (including stone base)
    • Width: 40 centimetres (including stone base)
    • Depth: 22.5 centimetres (including stone base)
  • Inscriptions

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      • Inscription Comment

        Buddhist creed.
  • Curator's comments

    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.

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2010 Aug 4 – Nov 15, China, Shanghai Museum, ‘India: The Art of the Temple’

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    25 August 2009

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    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.

    Treatment details

    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).

    About these records 

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  • 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.

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