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  • Description

    Figure of a standing Manikkavachakar (Manikkavalaka). Made of bronze.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1500 (circa)
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 56.5 centimetres (including base)
    • Width: 22.4 centimetres
    • Length: 21 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Koezuka (1994) Cat. no. 51 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    London. The Great Exhibition, Crystal Palace, Hyde Park. 1851.
    Walsall, New Art gallery; Indian Sculpture South Bank touring exhibition; 22 Jul-17 Sept 2000 Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts; Indian Sculpture...; 27 Sept-10 Dec 2000 Southampton, City Art Gallery; Indian Sculture...; 12 Jan-25 Mar 2001 1994, Kyoto National Museum, Masterpieces of Buddhist and Hindu Sculpture from the British Museum
    1994, Tokyo, Tobu Museum of Art, Masterpieces of Buddhist and Hindu Sculpture from the British Museum

    2008 Nov 11-2009 Mar 1, Museum Rietberg, Zurich, 'Shiva Nataraja: The Lord of Dance'

  • Condition

    Good. One finger on his left hand is broken.

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  • Acquisition notes

    B&M Register says 'Purchased from the Rev. R. Curr[e?] Thomas, 33 Bedford Place, WC. Dug up in the compound of J. J. Cotton, Esq., H.E.I.C.S. (subcollector of Tanjore with headquarters at Majaveram, afterwards judge at Masulipatam, where he lived for many years; all in the 1840s). They [this sculpture and 1895. 3-24. 2] were exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851.'

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