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.
- Made in: Burma
- Found/Acquired: Burma
- Height: 29.7 centimetres
7 July 2006
Reason for treatment
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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Object reference number: RRI789
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