Storied Stone: Reframing the Philadelphia Museum of Art's South Indian Temple Hall

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  • Storied Stone Reframing the Philadelphia Museum of Arts South Indian Temple Hall
  • Storied Stone Reframing the Philadelphia Museum of Arts South Indian Temple Hall
  • Storied Stone Reframing the Philadelphia Museum of Arts South Indian Temple Hall
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Storied Stone weaves together memories and scholarship to offer an illuminating  perspective on one of the most striking museum spaces.

While visiting Madurai,  Tamil Nadu, in 1913, the Philadelphian Adeline Pepper Gibson purchased over sixty huge granite carvings, given in 1919 to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Over the past century, the museum has presented these architectural elements in several iterations as a temple hall, or mandapam. 

This behind-the-scenes account explores a century of debate about exhibition, authenticity, and  interpretation, brought to life by archival images and striking new photography 

  • Author: Darielle Mason with contributions by Crispin Branfoot, Eleanor H. Coates and Susan P. Treadway, Anna Lise Seastrand, Archana Venkatesan 
  • Softcover paper over board
  • Publisher: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2022
  • 248 pages, 10.5" x 8"
  • 150 color and black and white images
  • ISBN: 9780876332412
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