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Creation date: ca. 950-1000
Creation place: India

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Type: Stone Sculpture
Medium and Support: Stone
Credit Line: Gift of Catherine and Ralph Benkaim
Accession Number: 2007.173
State/Province: Bihar
Dimensions: 15 1/2 in. x 29 1/4 in. x 4 1/2 in. (39.37 cm x 74.3 cm x 11.43 cm)
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Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California ( - December 10, 2007)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 10, 2007 - )

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04//14/2017 Diana Chou
These nine figures represent nine heavenly bodies and come from a temple that must have been founded on a day when the stars and planets were properly aligned. This was thought to be important for the efficacy of the site as a place of worship. The figures that appear are, from left to right: The Sun, holding two full lotuses; the Moon holding a rosary and a water pot with the elixir of immortality; Mars; Mercury; Jupiter; Venus; Saturn; Rahu, Demon of Eclipses, holding the crescent moon; and Comet.
Last Updated: 4/14/2017


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

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 2nd to 16th Century , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 2nd - 6th century The San Diego Museum of Art , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

Arts of South and Southeast Asia The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00

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