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niche

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1872,0701.72

  • Description

    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).

  • Date

    • 11thC-12thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Curator's comments

    Blurton 1992:
    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.

  • Bibliography

    • Blurton 1992 p.87, fig.48 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G33/Ind/case22

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1872

  • Acquisition notes

    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.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1872,0701.72

Niche (arched.part of). Made of stone (basalt).

Niche (arched.part of). Made of stone (basalt).

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