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Part of an sculpted and arched niche, probably from the exterior wall of a temple. A figure would have been positioned within the arch. Depiction of an ascetic (detail). Made of stone (schist).
- Made in: India (Eastern)
- (Asia,South Asia,India (pre-1947))
- Found/Acquired: India (East)
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
Ascetics are traditionally depicted as emaciated, for they have abandoned the pleasures or regular family life. Similarly they have straggling beards and long matted hair, often tied up on top of their heads.
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.
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Object reference number: RRI855
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