This Mathuran torso fashioned from mottled red sandstone depicts a woman touching her right breast with her left hand. The size of this torso and the fact that it appears to have been modelled in the round suggests that this image might have been that of a goddess. The breast-touching motif is usually associated with the goddess Shri or Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance and fertility, although the absence of other attributes makes this difficult to ascertain.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2000
2nd century-3rd century
mottled red sandstone
32.0 x 22.0 x 16.5 cm object; 36.3 x 22.0 x 16.5 cm object and stand
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000
Not on display
Referenced in 1 publication
Pratapaditya Pal, Orientations, 'Sensuous Spirituality: Hindu and Buddhist Art from the Indic Cultural Realm', pg. 80-87, Hong Kong, Sep 2000, 85 (colour illus.). fig.9