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.
Majapahit period 1292 - 1520 → Indonesia
circa 14th century
4.5 x 3.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of the Estate of David Strachan 1995
Not on display
Where the work was made
Referenced in 1 publication
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.