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An image of Head of a woman by

North India, India

Head of a woman
Place of origin
North IndiaIndia
circa 7th century
Media category
Materials used
dark sandstone

11.5 x 7.5 x 8.2 cm object; 16.0 x 7.5 x 8.2 cm object with stand

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

This head of a woman, carved in very high relief, represents a portrait, perhaps of a noble or aristocratic woman, perhaps a donor to a temple or monastery. The woman's upswept hair is fashioned in an intricate style of snail-shell curls. Her elongated earlobes are ornamented with heavy wheel-like earrings, and the three creases that delineate her neck are an indication of her distinguished status. These stylistic elements, drawn from the Gupta style, alongside other facial features including her wide almonds eyes, the double incised arching eyebrows, long nose, full lips and narrow rounded chin would suggest a date in the transitional period following the Gupta period, however still influenced by the Gupta style.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2000