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Architectural fragment with owl and palm design

Creation date: 2nd century
Creation place: India

Other Information

Medium and Support: Stone
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Lawrence and Carol Veit
Accession Number: 2006.206
State/Province: Uttar Pradesh
Dimensions: 5 3/8 in. x 12 5/8 in. x 3 3/8 in. (13.65 cm x 32.07 cm x 8.57 cm)


Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Veit, Del Mar, California (late 1960s-early 1970s - October 26, 2006)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (October 26, 2006 - )

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Temple, Palace, Mosque: 2010

Spotted red sandstone is quarried near the city of Mathura, which was a major center of artistic production from the 2nd century BCE through the 12th century CE. Various types of birds, animals, and plants were selected to ornament the exterior of sacred monuments. They implicitly refer to the notions of abundance, prosperity, and the auspiciousness of life.
Last Updated: 3/13/2014


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Temple, Palace, Mosque: Southern Asian & Persian Art , 1/2/2010 - 2/1/2011

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00

Temple, Palace, Mosque: Temple Arts for Sacred Spaces of Southern Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 6/23/2012 - 1/6/2013

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