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An image of Torso by

North India, India

Title
Torso
Place of origin
North IndiaIndia
Cultural origin
Varanasi
Year
19th century
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
white marble with traces of paint
Dimensions

32.0 x 21.5 x 14.0 cm object; 44.0 x 21.5 x 14.0 cm object with stand

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
26.2000
Location
Not on display
Further information

This marble torso of a man is carved in the round indicating that it may have been part of a figure of a deity that was being worshipped in a shrine. It is difficult to identify which deity due to the absence of attributes. The torso is stylistically simple and elegant. The gathers of the lower garment or dhoti are carefully delineated and a sacred thread is worn across the chest, indicating the Hindu origins of this figure. The body is otherwise bare except for a beautifully crafted beaded necklace with flower-shaped pendant that ornaments the upper body.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, March 2000