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Collection

An image of Torso of a woman, possibly the goddess Lakshmi by

Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India

Title
Torso of a woman, possibly the goddess Lakshmi
Place of origin
MathuraUttar PradeshIndia
Cultural origin
Mathuran style
Period
Kushan period mid 1st century - early 5th century → India
Year
2nd century-3rd century
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
mottled red sandstone
Dimensions

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.
Credit
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000
Accession number
12.2000
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (1)

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