sculpture / architecture
Architectural fragment; part of temple frieze carved with human figures.
Fragment of a temple frieze in a coarse grey sandstone. The piece is carved on the front and side and has two offsets, indicating it formed the corner part of a temple wall. The carving on the right depicts two bearded ācāryas embracing a woman who has the penis of one of the men between her breasts. The carving on the left shows a bearded ācārya and a woman engaged in an acrobatic act of oral sex.
- Found/Acquired: India (probably western India)
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Height: 45.5 centimetres
- Width: 75.5 centimetres
M.633 from Museum Secretum register
10th Oct 2007-27th Jan 2008, 'Seduced: Art and Sex', Barbican Gallery, London
10 December 1997
Clean. Mount so that the relief stands upright.
The object was very dirty, but structurally sound. The fragment is extremely heavy with a very uneven underside. It had never been displayed.
The frieze was steam cleaned in part and then cleaned with swabs soaked in boiling water. The lowest points of the carved frieze surface along the bottom edge were built up with small fillings of General quick setting polyester resin and sand. The frieze was the placed upright and wedged in position. A base consisting of pieces of celcon block and General resin with sand was built directly onto the underside surface of the frieze. There is no Paraloid B72 release layer; it would be extremely dangerous if this very heavy piece of stone parted company from its base when it was being moved. The underside of the made up base was then stuck with PVA to a piece of acid free card, enabling the sculpture to be pushed around. Various blemishes were retouched with acrylic Cryla colours.
- Associated Title: Frontispiece of A discourse on the worship of Priapus (London, 1786) (see 2005.8-5.0.1)
Architectural fragment; part of temple frieze carved with human figures. Fragment of a temple frieze in a coarse grey sandstone. The piece is carved on the front and side and has two offsets, indicating it formed the corner part of a temple wall. The carving on the right depicts two bearded acaryas embracing a woman who has the penis of one of the men between her breasts. The carving on the left shows a bearded acarya and a woman engaged in an acrobatic act of oral sex.
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Object reference number: RRI136
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