Bronze image, inlaid with silver, of Balarāma flanked by Ganeśa and Lakṣmī on a footed base; surrounded by an elaborate halo. Donor figures kneel in the stepped base.
- Made in: India (Eastern)
- (Asia,South Asia,India (pre-1947))
- Found/Acquired: India (Eastern)
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Height: 285 millimetres
- Width: 150 millimetres
- Depth: 95 millimetres
Sophisticated icons such as this one stand at the end of a long line of metal craftsmanship in eastern India. In this series are both Buddhists and Hindu examples from the 8th to the 12th centuries. The double lotus pedestals and the elaborate architectural surround are all features of the Bihar/Bengal schools of bronze-casting.
26 Jul-18 Nov, 2007: Barcelona, CaixaForum, L'Escultura en els Temples Indis. L'Art de Devocio.
21 May 2007
Light clean to improve the appearance.
Light dust. Some pale green, slightly powdery areas of corrosion, especially on the leaf-like decorative outer edge. Although this corrosion appears not to be active it is rather prominent and possibly would lead to confusion with bronze disease when on loan. Silver inlay has darkened and is not always obvious.
Cleaned the surface using Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) applied on cotton wool swabs. Used a scalpel to gently remove the powdery green corrosion. Ensured that the surface below was secure and wiped over with IMS to clean away powdery residue. The silver was cleaned using the same IMS swabs to remove dirt and giving a contrast rather than a high shine.
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Object reference number: RRI11114
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