The youthful male torso is characteristic of the important Mathura school that flourished in northern India under the rule of the Kushan dynasty. Carved from the mottled red sandstone found around Mathura, it demonstrates the skill of the Indian sculptor in eliciting from hard stone the soft contours of a youthful body beneath transparent robes. The absence of this fragment’s head and right hand (which would have been held in a specific gesture, or 'mudra') prevents its precise identification.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.27.
1st century-2nd century
mottled red sandstone
47.0 x 42.0 x 16.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Alex Biancardi 1998
Not on display
Referenced in 6 publications
Michael Brand, The vision of kings: art and experience in India, Canberra, 1995. Compare with cat.no. 41
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: South Asia', pg. 288-297, Sydney, 1999, 289 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Buddhist Art', Sydney, 2003, 27 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies, Look, 'Alex Biancardi November 18, 1923 - November 28, 1998', pg. 13, Melbourne, May 1999, 13 (colour illus.).
Pratapaditya Pal, Indian sculpture: a catalogue of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art collection, Los Angeles, 1986. Compare with cat.no. 13
Ramesh Chandra Sharma, Buddhist art: Mathura School, Delhi, 1995. Compare with plate 82