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Padma A. Kaimal
Colgate University (Hamilton, NY 13346-1386)
Collecting and Scattering: The Dispersal and Reassembly of a South Indian Goddess Temple

Fifteen sculptures that were once part of a single, tenth-century goddess temple in India now reside in eleven separate museums across North America and Western Europe, thanks to the art dealer C. T. Loo in Paris and the archaeologist Gabriel Jouveau-Dubreuil. My work explores the surprisingly complex motives and identities of individuals and institutions involved in this process. The story of this process demonstrates that dispersing and collecting are often the same activity perceived from different angles. The chapter I write will address the reception of these sculptures in U.S. museums.

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Project fields:
Arts, General

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2007 – 7/31/2007