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Catalog Data

Medium:
Bronze, copper alloy, traces of gilding, silver
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 21.9 x 13.1 x 8.9 cm (8 5/8 x 5 3/16 x 3 1/2 in)
Type:
Sculpture
Origin:
India
Date:
1333
Period:
Delhi Sultanate period
Description:
Though small in size, the shrine is an elaborately detailed architectonic form. Traces of gilding cover the otherwise dark bronze-colored surface. An inlaid inscription is present on the back of the shrine; the inlay is silver. The back plate and the rest of the shrine are composed of brass. The shrine proper contains a significant amount of lead whereas the back has only a very minor amount.
Inscriptions:
A silver inlaid inscription along the two sides of the rear inform us that the shrine was commissioned in the year 1333 by merchant Muladeva of the renowned Gurjara family.
Provenance:
Paul Nugent [1]
Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck, New York [2]
To 1997
David Newman, London, to 1997
From 1997
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from David Newman in 1997
Notes:
[1] According to Curatorial Note 3, Vidya Dehejia, December 10, 1997 in the object record.
[2] See note 1.
Collection:
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Body Image (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
Yoga: The Art of Transformation (October 19, 2013 to January 26, 2014)
Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas (October 16, 2004 to January 3, 2016)
South Asian Sculpture (February 22, 2000 to June 18, 2003)
Previous custodian or owner:
Paul Nugent
Nasli M. and Alice N. Heeramaneck (1902-1971 and 1910-1993)
David Newman
Topic:
carving  Search this
inlay (process)  Search this
metal  Search this
bronze  Search this
Jainism  Search this
shrine  Search this
Delhi Sultanate (1206 - 1526)  Search this
India  Search this
fly whisk  Search this
South Asian and Himalayan Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number:
F1997.33a-b
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
On View:
Freer Gallery 02: Body Image: Arts of the Indian Subcontinent
Related Online Resources:
Google Cultural Institute
See more items in:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye332d50fc5-77c4-42f5-8b99-9cb50216c51a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F1997.33a-b