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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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