string(20) "edanmdm:fsg_S1992.46" Durga as Mahishasuramardini - National Museum of Asian Art

Durga as Mahishasuramardini

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At A Glance

  • Period

    12th century
  • Geography

  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 15.7 x 10.1 x 8.2 cm (6 3/16 x 4 x 3 1/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Provenance

    Reportedly 1968-1992
    David R. Nalin purchased in East Pakistan (modern-day Bangladesh) [1]
    From 1992
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of David Nalin [2]
    [1] David R. Nalin is an American physiologist who worked at the Cholera Research Hospital in Dhaka when it was part of Pakistan from 1967 until the Liberation War of 1971, and then again in 1972 after the creation
    of Bangladesh. Nalin reported that he purchased the sculpture in May 1968, when he worked at the Cholera hospital, see tax form 8283, December 3, 1992, copy in object file. Nalin employed Peter Marks Works of Art to manage his collection. In 1989, Marks provided the Freer Gallery of Art with a "summary of acquisition, ownership, and history" relating to a sculpture now in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (NGA89.1365), copy in object file. In the document, Marks instructed that the contents of the document should "apply to any object in the [Nalin] collection." The summary reports that in 1969, Nalin shipped his collection from Dhaka to Chittagong then onto Karachi and finally onto New York. Nalin "assumed[d] that the customs agent[s] handled all clearances and declarations according to the laws and agreements in effect at the time."
    In 1977, Nalin loaned this sculpture and several others to the conservation laboratory at The Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University for scientific analysis, see Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Record of Treatment, "Multi Armed Deity," Brass, Dr. Nalin,
    9.1977a, copy in object file.
    [2] See deed of gift, July 21, 1992, copy in accession file.
    Reserch completed November 14, 2022
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Puja: Expressions of Hindu Devotion (Friday, April 26, 1996 - Sunday, July 09, 2000)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Dr. David R. Nalin
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Dr. David R. Nalin
  • Type

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