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Catalog Data

H x W x D: 73.6 x 35.8 x 24.9 cm (29 x 14 1/8 x 9 13/16 in)
Tamil Nadu state, India
ca. 950
Chola dynasty
The sculpture consists of a single standing four-armed figure on a large base; the upper arms of the figure hold an axe and a deer as is typical of South Indian Siva images. The base of the pedestal is square and supports a lotus stand and two short slender columns presumed to be attachments for other parts now missing.
From at least 1960
Dr. Samuel Eilenberg, London [1]
To 1997
Peter Marks Gallery, New York City, to 1997
From 1997
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Peter Marks Gallery in 1997
[1] The object has been in the United States from at least 1960, when it was exhibited in a show titled "Masterpieces of Asian Art from American Collections" at the Asia House galleries (according to Curatorial Note 4, Vidya Dehejia, July 15, 1997, in the object record). It was published in the accompanying catalog (see photocopies in the object file).
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Body Image (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
The Thief Who Stole My Heart: The Material Life of Sacred Bronzes in Chola India ca. 850-1280 (Monday, March 14, 2016 - Monday, January 30, 2017)
Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas (October 16, 2004 to January 3, 2016)
Beyond the Legacy--Anniversary Acquisitions of the Freer Gallery of Art (October 11, 1998 to April 11, 1999)
Sculpture of South Asia and the Himalayas (November 19, 1992 to July 9, 2017)
Previous custodian or owner:
Dr. Samuel Eilenberg (1913-1998)
Peter Marks Works of Art, Inc. (active 1960-2002)
Hinduism  Search this
Shiva  Search this
lotus  Search this
Chola dynasty (850 - 1280)  Search this
India  Search this
South Asian and Himalayan Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
On View:
Freer Gallery 01: Body Image: Arts of the Indian Subcontinent
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery