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Title

Head of a woman

circa 7th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Place where the work was made

North India India


Date

circa 7th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

dark sandstone


Dimensions

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.


Credit

Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

23.2000