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Collection

An image of Head of a woman by

Java, Indonesia

Title
Head of a woman
Place of origin
JavaIndonesia
Period
Majapahit period 1292 - 1520 → Indonesia
Year
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
Accession number
198.1999
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

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.