02/11/2014

Philadelphia Museum of Art Indian collection

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Indian Collection

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Indian Madurai Temple

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The granite pillars, brackets, and slabs that form this temple hall-mandapa- come from the Madanagopalaswamy Temple, a XVIth century building complex in the South Indian city of Madurai.

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The architectural elements installed in the Museum were purchased in 1912 by Adeline Pepper Gibson of Philadelphia while on a visit to Madurai.

They are believed to have come primarily from a frrestanding hall that one stood in front of the main shrine and was probably dismantled in the mid-nineteenth century.

 

 

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Gift of Susan Pepper Gibson, Mary Gibson Henry, and Henry C. Gibson in memory of Adeline Pepper Gibson, 1919-714.

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MASK OF THE DAY

RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART COLLECTION

 

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RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART

NEW YORK

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Interesting animistic Nepalese mask, the upturned posture of the mouth is an interesting  iconographic trait characteristic of this region.

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