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Time:  7 pm – 8:30 pm IST / 9:30 am -11 am EST 


Even objects that have been part of the Harvard Art Museums collections for decades can pose new puzzles. In 1941, Grenville L. Winthrop purchased from Yamanaka & Company a 14-inch-tall painted “stucco” head, which he later left to the museums in his 1943 bequest. The fourth- to fifth-century fragment was likely part of a larger sculpture of a bodhisattva from the Afghan site of Hadda, which was excavated in the 1930s. Recent technical studies of the sculpture, including a CT scan, have raised questions around the clay-based material and the pigments that decorate it. The team is studying this head in collaboration with an international group of specialists on clay-based sculpture of the region and hope to engage in dialogue with colleagues from the Kabul Museum.


Dr. Katherine Eremin, Harvard University, Straus Center for Conservation, Conservation scientist
Angela Chang, Assistant Director, Conservator of Objects and Sculpture, Head of Objects Lab, Harvard Art Museums
Deborah Klimburg-Salter, Professor, Center for Research and Documentation Inner and South Asia, Institute for Art History, University of Vienna


Anupam Sah, Head of Art Conservation, Research, and Training, CSMVS Museum, Mumbai