Mithuna couple

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Acquired in 1949 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Designs from Orissan Temples, published by A.Goswami, Calcutta, 1950.
collection_code
SSEA
credit
date_end
1300-12-31
date_start
1200-01-01
date_text
13th Century (made)
descriptive_line
Mithuna, a pair of celestial lovers, black chlorite schist, Orissa, Eastern India, 13th century.
dimensions
Height: 12 in, Length: 6.5 in, Width: 3.625 in
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
Purchased in 1949, from Ernest Schwaiger, son of the late Imre Schwaiger, who believed the piece came from 'Rajputana', roughly analogous with modern-day Rajasthan. Mr Imre Schwaiger was a noted dealer in Indian art, whom the V&A Director, Sir Leigh Ashton, described as' the celebrated Indian dealer, portrayed by Kipling as Mr Jacob'. At the outset of the World War II a number of works of art belonging to him were deposited on loan to the Indian Section.
id
210
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T19:18:53.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:18:53.000Z
latitude
21.7866
location
In Storage
longitude
82.794762
marks
materials
chlorite
materials_techniques
Black Chlorite-schist.
museum_number
IS.84-1949
museum_number_token
is841949
object_number
O64362
object_type
Sculpture
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
The rectangular slab is carved with an aedicule on a tri-partite pedestal which frames a pairs of lovers (mithunas) embracing. The bearded man wears a conical headdress criss-crossed with beads. He twists his body round to his right and holds onto the drapery encircling the woman's hips with his left hand and cups his other hand round the large bun at the back of her head. She, in turn, reaches up to him with her arms round his shoulders. The aedicule has a pair of rounded tapering pillars with annular decoration set on rectangular plinths. The pedestal comprises three tiers of cushion mouldings separated by cavetto mouldings with a central projection. A pair of embracing celestial lovers, (mithunas) from a door jamb of the Surya Temple, Konarak., Orissa. They reflect the importance of concepts of pairs embodied in Brahmanical liturgy and have also been described more specifically as symbolizing the union of purusha (essence) and prakriti (substance).
place
India
primary_image_id
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
mithuna-couple-sculpture-unknown
sys_updated
2014-01-28T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
carving
title
Mithuna couple
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
1300
year_start
1200