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Title

Torso

19th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Place where the work was made

North India India


Cultural origin

Varanasi


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

26.2000