Fragment of an image showing Brahmā with his consort carved in beige-coloured sandstone.
Brahmā is shown with multiple heads, the principal one at the front having a pointed beard and an elaborate coiffure of matted locks with a circular ornament in the centre. He wears a necklace, sacred thread and bands on the upper arms. The god was originally four armed; the one surviving hand is raised against the chest and holds a rosary (akṣamālā). The god's consort Sarasvatī (damaged) embraces him with her right arm.
- Found/Acquired: Rajasthan
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan)
- Height: 32.5 centimetres
29 January 1997
Clean, retouch and mount.
The sculptural fragment was carved in a hard, medium-grained, red brown sandstone. It was in good condition; it was dirty. The sculpture had been displayed on an unsightly cloth covered wooden base. and was supported on the base by a dowel set into the stone.
The stone was cleaned with Wishab sponges and then with swabs dampened with hot water. Small abrasions were retouched with acrlic Cryla colours. The dowel was retained but a new base made of Sebralit polyester resin and sand, retouched with Cryla acrylic paints to match the sandstone, was made. Acid free card was adhered to the underside of the base, enabling the base to be slid along a shelf. The sculpture is separate from the base, being held in position by its dowel.
Fragment of an image showing Brahma with his consort Sarasvati carved in a beige-coloured sandstone. The potbellied god is shown with three heads and four arms, holding a rosary (ak?amala) in his right hand against his chest. The other hands are broken. Sarasvati embraces him with her right arm.
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Object reference number: RRI7599
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