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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1872,0701.6

  • Description

    Earth goddess on an elephant. Gilt figures of the earth goddess Wathundaye, the Buddha and an attendant figure riding on a black elephant. Mounted on a black wooden box of later date. Made of carved, gilded, and painted wood.

  • Date

    • 18thC(late)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 29.7 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Composite piece. The present small finial may be from a different object. The wooden block below the images and the bottom box of boards appear to be British work of the 19thC. Supposedly once surmounted by 1872,0701.132 (the tagundaing).
    It is unlikely that the Buddha image was supposed to be in its current location, as it is lower down than the other figures, which is an inappropriate position.

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  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    7 July 2006

    Reason for treatment

    Storage

    Treatment proposal

    Surface clean to remove worst dust and dirt before returning to newly refurbished KEB store. Check over surfaces and secure any parts at risk of imminent loss. Write requisitions for further work.

    Condition

    The object was covered with surface dirt and dust, probably from long periods of being on open storage. There were in addition insect remains, spider webs etc.

    Treatment details

    Surface dust and dirt was removed using low powered vacuum suction and soft brush. Where appropriate, further cleaning was carried out using chemical sponge. In many cases, further cleaning would be potentially possible to remove more dirt.

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  • 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

    1872,0701.6

  • Additional IDs

    • Bridge 108
Before in-situ treatment to remove dust for storage in newly refurbished KEB basement store July 06. Figure, made of carved, gilded, painted wood, pigmented ?. Earth goddess on an elephant. Gilt figures of the earth goddess, the Buddha and an attendant figure riding on a black elephant which seems to be struggling under their weight. Between the Buddha and attendant is a finial with a metal attachment and floral appendages. Mounted on a black wooden box of later date.

Before in-situ treatment to remove dust for storage in newly refurbished KEB basement store July 06. Figure, made of carved, gilded, painted wood, pigmented ?. Earth goddess on an elephant. Gilt figures of the earth goddess, the Buddha and an attendant figure riding on a black elephant which seems to be struggling under their weight. Between the Buddha and attendant is a finial with a metal attachment and floral appendages. Mounted on a black wooden box of later date.

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