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Title

Head of a woman


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This intriguing terracotta head of a woman is quite eroded, however, it is still possible to discern the elegant, oval face adorned with heavy earrings and an elaborate headdress. An example of a similar terracotta is included in P. Pal 'Icons of Piety, Images of Whimsy' (1987). He writes "Javanese ...[terracottas] are often remarkable as much for their original designs as for their humorous shapes. Javanese artists were equally deft in modelling figures of delicate, petite and graceful women and in depicting highly amusing characters undoubtedly meant to be caricatures."

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 1999.


Details


Place where the work was made

Java Indonesia


Period

Majapahit period 1292 - 1520 → Indonesia


Date

circa 14th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

terracotta


Dimensions

4.5 x 3.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the Estate of David Strachan 1995


Location

Not on display


Accession number

198.1999



Place

Where the work was made
Java

Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Pratapaditya Pal, Icons of piety images of whimsy: Asian terracottas from the Walter-Grounds Collection, Los Angeles, 1987. This publication is a general reference only, the citations referenced cat.no. 80 and cat.no. 82 are for works of a similiar style.