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Shiva and Uma (Somaskanda)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    12th century
  • Geography

    Tamil Nadu state, India
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 59.2 x 71.8 x 31.6 cm (23 5/16 x 28 1/4 x 12 7/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Provenance

    By 1959-?
    Shiva Temple in Alattur village, Mannarkudi taluk, Tamil Nadu, India [1]
    William H. Wolff, Inc., method of acquisition unknown [2]
    Arthur M. Sackler (1913 1987), purchased from William H. Wolff, Inc. [3]
    From 1987
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler [4]
    [1] In the fall of 2022, the museum discovered that the Somaskanda bronze was photographed in the Shiva temple (also known as Visvanatha) located in Alattur village (alternate spelling: Alathur), Mannarkudi taluk (alt spelling: Mannargudi), Tamil Nadu, India, in 1959; the original photograph is at the photo archive jointly run by the École Française d'Extrême Orient (EFEO) and the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP). It is unclear when the sculpture left the Tamil Nadu temple.
    [2] See invoice from William H. Wolff, Inc. to Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, February 11th 1970, copy in object file. The work is described as "02/311 A: Large Bronze SOMASKANDA (seated Siva & Parvati) 23" high, India, Chola Period, 10th century." See also, undated document entitled "Dr. Sackler Selection" on William H. Wolff, Inc. letter head, where work is listed as "02/311 A, Chola Sumaskanda[sic]," copy in object file.
    [3] See note 2.
    [4] Pursuant to the agreement between Dr. Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.
    Research updated on May 8, 2023.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Gods, Companions, and Devotees (October 14, 2017 to March 13, 2020)
    Sculpture of South Asia and the Himalayas (November 19, 1992 to July 9, 2017)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
    Shiva Temple in Alattur village, Mannarkudi taluk, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Origin

    Tamil Nadu state, India
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

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