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Doorjamb with Dancing Figures and Serpents
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Doorjamb with Dancing Figures and Serpents


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Description This panel once formed part of the right doorjamb (the vertical part of a doorway) framing the entrance into a temple or the sanctum of a temple. Three dancing figures reflect the activities of performers who offer dance and music to the temple’s god or goddess. On the inner part of the doorjamb, which would have been on the visitor’s right side, "nagas"—sacred serpents, represented with human heads and torsos on a snake’s body—join their hands in respectful greeting, a gesture that both welcomes visitors to the temple and praises the deity enshrined within.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
6/30/2004Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance Rudi Oriental Arts, New York; purchasd by John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, 1966; given to Walters Art Museum, 2003.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2003

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Period
10th century CE
Medium
sandstone
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
25.245
Measurements
H: 29 1/4 × W: 9 × D: 6 1/2 in. (74.3 × 22.86 × 16.51 cm); Base H: 3 × W: 9 3/4 × D: 7 1/2 in. (7.62 × 24.77 × 19.05 cm)
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