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  • Description

    Standing figure of the god Sūrya carved in a buff-coloured sandstone.

    The god is shown holding two lotuses in his upraised hands and wears a high crown, a vest of mail and boots. He has four attendants with the goddess Mahāśvetā or Nikṣubhā, a queen of Sūrya and a form of mother earth, standing between his feet. Female attendants (perhaps Savarṇā and Chāyā) stand on each side with lotus buds in their hands. In front of these women are small figures of Daṇḍī (with a sword and shield) and Piṅgala (with a patra rather than the usual pen and ink-pot). In the base are the galloping seven horses.


  • Date

    • 11thC
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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 102 centimetres
    • Length: 42 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    For the date of the painted numbers see M. Willis, 'Sculpture of India' in A W Franks, edited by M. Caygill and J. Cherry (London, 1997): 250-61.

  • Bibliography

    • Willis 2001 fig. 13 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

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  • 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.

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COMPASS Title: Sandstone figure of Surya


COMPASS Title: Sandstone figure of Surya

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