Section of an overdoor probably from the Sun Temple at Konarak: personified planet

Indian, Orissa
mid-13th century

Object Place: Orissa, India


Overall: 101 x 48 x 26cm (39 3/4 x 18 7/8 x 10 1/4in.) Block (Object rest on wooden base ontop pedestal): 19.1 x 47 x 14.6 cm (7 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 5 3/4 in.) Case (Reinforced wooden pedestal with base): 106.7 x 53 x 34.9 cm (42 x 20 7/8 x 13 3/4 in.) Weight: 254.01 kg (560 lb.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Chloritic stone

On View

South and Southeast Asian Art Gallery (Gallery 176)






Probably from the Sun Temple, Konarak, Orissa, India. Possibly in the 18th or 19th century, removed from India and taken to England [see note 1]. About 1990, sold from a private collection, Devon, England, to an unknown dealer [see note 2]. April 28, 1994, anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 265, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 22, 1994)

[1] As discussed in the 1994 Sotheby's auction catalogue, similar figures from the temple at Konarak were acquired by Colonel Charles Stuart (b. about 1758 - d. 1828) in the eighteenth century and were sold in England after his death. Although this sculpture is not documented in the Stuart collection, it may have been taken to England at about the same time. [2] The Sotheby's catalogue states: "This sculpture, which had adorned the garden of a house in Devon, was purchased a few years ago from a local dealer who had been invited to buy the garden ornaments prior to the redevelopment of the site."

Credit Line

Asiatic Curator's Fund and Museum purchase with funds by exchange from a gift of Mrs. Claire Ash