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An image of Torso of a Buddha by

Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India

Torso of a Buddha
Place of origin
MathuraUttar PradeshIndia
Kushan period mid 1st century - early 5th century → India
1st century-2nd century
Media category
Materials used
mottled red sandstone

47.0 x 42.0 x 16.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Alex Biancardi 1998
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (6)

Michael Brand, The vision of kings: art and experience in India, Canberra, 1995. Compare with 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, South Yarra, 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 13

Ramesh Chandra Sharma, Buddhist art: Mathura School, Delhi, 1995. Compare with plate 82