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Siddhapratima Yantra (Shrine of a Perfected Being)

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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

  • Geography

  • Material

    Bronze, copper alloy, traces of gilding, silver
  • Dimension

    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)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • 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
    [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
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • On View

    Freer Gallery 02: Body Image: Arts of the Indian Subcontinent
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