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  • Description

    Image and pedestal (in two parts). Figure of (a) four-armed Viṣṇu standing on a lotus base and (b) an elaborate pedestal resting on lions with a backplate consisting of a multi-headed serpent and a floral arch; cast in a copper alloy.

  • Date

    • 19thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 17.2 centimetres (Vishnu)
    • Height: 42.4 centimetres (pedestal;backplate)
  • Curator's comments

    According to register, modern, 'from temple at Pashpecky' [=Pashupati?].

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    4 February 1998

    Treatment proposal

    Clean to improve appearance.


    Dull,dusty.The surface had been treated previously by brushing with'Renaissance'microstalline wax.

    Treatment details

    Lightly steam cleaned to remove dust,dried with paper tissues and dry brushed to improve the appearance of the previously waxed surface.

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  • Additional IDs

    • 1880.704

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