Atlantes

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Acquired in 1918 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Errington : South Asian Archeaology 1987.
collection_code
SSEA
credit
Given by Lt-Col R. de Villamil
date_end
0150-12-31
date_start
date_text
About 50 BC to 150 AD (made)
descriptive_line
Figure of an atlantes, schist, Kabul river valley, 50BC-150 AD.
dimensions
Height: 22 cm, Width: 20 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
This sculpture was given by Lt. Col. R. de Villamil, who wrote that 'it was dug out of a tope [stupa] near Jellalabad in the Khyber Pass' by an officer in the Royal Engineers, whose name has not been recorded as 'he had no right to stick to it' in about 1878 ( presumably during the Second Anglo-Afghan War, 1878-79, during the winter of which the victorious British under Sir Sam Browne camped safely in Jalalabad). Elizabeth Errington (1987, p. 774) suggests that this piece may have come, not from this region, but the site at Jamalgarhi in the Punjab. The site was excavated in 1873 and on A. Cunningham's suggestion the finds were inscribed with a letter 'J'. Many of these finds were later sent to the B.M. including a crouching winged figure illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, The Crossroads of Asia, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1992, No. 125, p.122. It is suggested in the catalogue by Sir John Boardman that pieces of this type may have served 'as supports, in reliefs or along the base of stupas' - this also being the commonest pose, which may have supported a moulding or entablature. The B.M. piece bears stylistic comparison with the V&A sculpture, which also bears an inscribed 'J'.
id
59720
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T23:11:55.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T23:11:55.000Z
latitude
22.06069
location
In Storage
longitude
73.2211
marks
materials
schist
materials_techniques
Carved schist
museum_number
IM.123-1918
museum_number_token
im1231918
object_number
O65502
object_type
Sculpture
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
A damaged sculpture of a seated man, with his right knee raised and the left leg crossed in front of him. His hands rest on his right foot and just below his left knee. He has a muscular body and he has a beard and curly hair, all of which suggest some classical influence. He wears a short loin cloth twisted over on the left side at his waist and boots. There are fragmentary remains above his shoulders of a pair of wings which are now lost.
place
Gandhara
primary_image_id
2006BC5328
production_note
Near Jalalabad, Kabul River Valley.
production_type
public_access_description
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
atlantes-sculpture-unknown
sys_updated
2014-04-29T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
carving
title
Atlantes
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
150
year_start
-50