University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-69-2
Current Location: Out on loan
Provenience: Bengal
Harpanahalli Taluka
Date Made: 1025-1100
Early Date: 1025
Late Date: 1100
Height: 169cm
Width: 79cm
Thickness: 26cm
Credit Line:Purchased from H. Kevorkian, 1923
Other Number6-1961-4 - Philadelphia Museum of Art Number
342-2002-1 - Other Number


Stone relief of Brahma. Inscription in old karanese characters of the 11-12th century CE. Collected from a Shiva temple called Trailokyamallesvara-the present Mallikarjuna at Kuruvatti, a village in the Harpanahalli Taluka of the Bellary district, Madras Presidency. It's possible the statue was originally from the Basavesvara temple in Kalakeri. The inscription reads:

"Chavundoja the architect of the temple of Trailokyamallesvara of the glorious (town) Kuruvati, the son of Gulugoja, the purifier of (his) race (gotra), the worshipper of the feet of the illustrious (teacher) Vadideva, a servant of the (religious congregation)Sarasvati-gana, the son of women other(than his wife) and the pupil of Balla(ha) made (this) image of Brahma." (The Sarasvati-gana was a Jain sect)

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Southeast Asian Gallery (1987 - 1992)View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Rice, John H. 2006. "Finding the Original Home of the Museum's Brahma". Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 48 (2): 45-48. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 45View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Horne, Lee C. 1985. Introduction to the Collections of The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 55View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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