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Hanuman

  • Object:

    Figure

  • Place of origin:

    Sri Lanka (made)

  • Date:

    12th century-13th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr W. Morris

  • Museum number:

    275-1869

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A standing monkey with hands outstretched in the gesture of holding a tray or some object now missing (possibly the sandals of Rama). The long tapering legs are slightly flexed at the knees, and the body is naked except for a light girdle which leaves the genitals exposed. Attached to the girdle is sheathed dagger. The hair is dressed close to the crown in neat tresses, with a curl on top and a fillet of flowers across the front. There are signs that the figure once had a tail, now missing. The ears have small holes for the attachment of pendants, also missing. Two necklaces are worn, the lower one possibly intended to be set with jewels or semi-precious stones. The figure is fixed to a high multi-tiered and circular base, made in two separate sections then joined together and engraved with lotus petals.

Place of Origin

Sri Lanka (made)

Date

12th century-13th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 76 cm, Diameter: 8.5 in

Object history note

Given by W.Morris.Esq. According to P.H.D.H. de Silva in " A catalogue of Antiquities and other cultural objects from Sri Lanka Abroad", p.285. W.Morris was Government Agent & Fiscal, 1837-65.

Descriptive line

Standing figure of Hanuman, bronze, Sri Lanka, 12th to 13th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

E.B.Havell, Eleven Plates Representing Works of Indian Sculptue Chiefly in English Collections, India Society, London 1911, Plate VII.
A.K.Coomarasamy, Bronzes from Ceylon, Chiefly in the Colombo Museum, Memoirs of Colombo Museum, series \A, no.1, 1914, plate 25., , Visvakarma, London,1914, plate C.
O.C.Gangoly, South Indian Bronzes, Calcutta, 1915, plate LXIX.
K.N.Sitaram, "Indian Bronzes," Connoisseur, vol.LXIX, 1924, p.67.
P.R.Srinivasin, Bronzes of South India, Bulletin of the Madras Government Museum, New Series, General Section, vol.8, Madras, 1963, fig.319.
J.C.Irwin, "A Gift from William Morris," V & A Museum Bulletin, no.1. 1965, pp.
-------------, " Towards a Humanist Appreciation of Indian Art," Kunwar Mohammed Ashraf, an Indian scholar and revolutionary (1903-1962), Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, 1966, pp.235-242.
p. 65
Ayers, J. Oriental Art in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London 1983, ISBN 0-85667-120-7
Irwin, John C., Indian Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: H. M. Stationery Office, 1968
fig. 6
Irwin, John, C., A Brief Guide to Indian Art, H.M.S.O. 1962
fig. 7, p. 8
Irwin, John; Indian Art: Victoria & Albert Museum departmental guide, H.M.S.O. ISBN 0 905209117, 1978

Materials

Bronze

Categories

Sculpture; Metalwork; Bronze; Animals and Wildlife; Religion; Hinduism

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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