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Lion Head

Medium:
Limestone, probably referred to as marble
Dimensions:
H x W x D (overall): 52 x 28 x 38 cm (20 1/2 x 11 x 14 15/16 in)
Type:
Sculpture
Stone
Origin:
Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh state, India
Date:
2nd century
Period:
Satavahana dynasty
Topic:
lion  Search this
Satavahana dynasty (1st century BCE - 299 CE)  Search this
India  Search this
South Asian and Himalayan Art  Search this
WWII-era provenance  Search this
Credit Line:
Transfer from the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Accession Number:
F1978.34
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Related Online Resources:
Google Cultural Institute
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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/ye341703dd8-cd13-4df3-995c-b5efe9cc41e0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F1978.34

Linnaeus Tripe Photographs of India

Creator:
Tripe, Linnaeus  Search this
Extent:
4 Prints (albumenized salt paper)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Prints
Photographs
Salted paper prints
Place:
India
Tanjore (India)
India -- Andhra Pradesh -- Amaravati
Date:
circa 1856-1858
bulk dates
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of three photographs on 2 disaggregated album pages and 1 loose print: 1. Album page with two mounted salt prints showing Elliot marbles from Amaravati. Album page: 45 x 33 cm.; print 1: 16.7 x 19 cm; print 2: 19.7 x 19 cm. 2. Album page with one mounted albumenized salt print showing Elliot marble stupa relief from Amaravati. Album page: 45 x 33cm.; print: 25.5 x 24 cm. 3. Unmounted albumenized salt print, Facade of the West Side of the Nayakar Durbar Hall, Tanjore. 28 x 37.7 cm.
Arrangement:
One flat box.
Biographical / Historical:
Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) was an official photographer for the British Government, employed to document Southern Indian archaeological remains before they further decayed. He photographed widely in southern India, including Rayakottai (Ryakotta), which was then a British stronghold. Around 1858 Tripe took this image of sculptures from the ruined Buddhist stupa at Amaravati, which was a large monument built approximately 2000 years ago in what is now Andhra Pradesh. The stupa was a mound-like structure made of brick, adorned with bas-relief medallions, paneled friezes made of limestone and freestanding sculpture. As time passed, the stupa fell into disrepair and was eventually buried under rubble. Eventually, the structure was excavated and some of the decorative elements were shipped to the British Museum, London. These pieces were referred to as the 'Elliot marbles' after Walter Elliot, the antiquarian, linguist and member of the Madras Council who recovered them.
Local Numbers:
FSA A2017.06
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
Tombs -- India  Search this
Buddhist sculpture -- India -- Amaravati  Search this
Amaravati (India) -- Antiquities  Search this
Monuments  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Salted paper prints
Identifier:
FSA.A2017.06
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3ad165fc1-dbe2-4f64-bb5c-2103e12b5616
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a2017-06
Online Media:

Linnaeus Tripe photographs

Creator:
Tripe, Linnaeus  Search this
Extent:
3 Prints (albumenized salt paper, images 25 x 37 cm. or smaller, mounted 44 x 57 or smaller.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Prints
Photographs
Salted paper prints
Place:
India
India -- Andhra Pradesh -- Amaravati
Date:
circa 1856-1858
bulk dates
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of three photographs: I. Albumenized salt print from wet collodion negative, 22 x 28 cm., circa 1858, on original mount, 33 x 45 cm. Depicts a piece of sculpture from the Great Stupa at Amaravati; these sculptures were then known as the Elliot marbles. II. Albumenized salt print from wet collodion negative, 18 x 29 cm., circa 1858, on original mount, 34 x 46 cm. Depicts an Indian sculpture with a measuring device. III. Albumenized salt print from wet collodion negative, 25 x 37 cm., circa 1856, on original mount, 44 x 57 cm. Depicts the idgah and tomb at Ryakotta (Rayakottai).
Arrangement:
One flat box.
Biographical / Historical:
Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) was an official photographer for the British Government, employed to document Southern Indian archaeological remains before they further decayed. He photographed widely in southern India, including Rayakottai (Ryakotta), which was then a British stronghold. Around 1858 Tripe took this image of sculptures from the ruined Buddhist stupa at Amaravati, which was a large monument built approximately 2000 years ago in what is now Andhra Pradesh. The stupa was a mound-like structure made of brick, adorned with bas-relief medallions, paneled friezes made of limestone and freestanding sculpture. As time passed, the stupa fell into disrepair and was eventually buried under rubble. Eventually, the structure was excavated and some of the decorative elements were shipped to the British Museum, London. These pieces were referred to as the 'Elliot marbles' after Walter Elliot, the antiquarian, linguist and member of the Madras Council who recovered them.
Local Numbers:
FSA A2001.10
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
Tombs -- India  Search this
Buddhist sculpture -- India -- Amaravati  Search this
Amaravati (India) -- Antiquities  Search this
Monuments  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Salted paper prints
Identifier:
FSA.A2001.10
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc358e5c756-31e2-4cf0-80b0-a20bdeafc4c7
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a2001-10
Online Media:

Mithuna in Buddhist art : with special reference to Amaravati & Nagarjunakonda / V.V. Sudha Piratti

Author:
Sudha Piratti, V. V. 1971-  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 50 p., 32 p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
India
Amaravati
Nāgārjunakonda Site
Andhra Pradesh
Date:
2002
Topic:
Buddhist sculpture  Search this
Call number:
NB1912.B83 S83 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_855920

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