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Title

Torso of a woman, possibly the goddess Lakshmi

2nd century-3rd century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Place where the work was made

Mathura Uttar Pradesh India


Cultural origin

Mathuran style


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

12.2000



Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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