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Siddhapratima Yantra (Shrine of a Perfected Being)

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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    1333
  • Geography

    India
  • 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

    F1997.33a-b
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1997.33a-b

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
    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)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Paul Nugent
    Nasli M. and Alice N. Heeramaneck (1902-1971 and 1910-1993)
    David Newman
  • Origin

    India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Sculpture
  • On View

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