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Bust of a women at a balcony

1st century-2nd century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Mathura Uttar Pradesh India
    Cultural origin
    Mathuran style
    Kushan period mid 1st century - early 5th century
    1st century-2nd century
    Media category
    Materials used
    mottled red sandstone
    14.3 x 15.2 x 6.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    This fragment is a lovely example of the distinctive Mathuran style of sculpture, fashioned from the mottled red sandstone unique to that site. It depicts the stylised yet ample breasts, the patterned collar and the rounded shoulders of a woman who is shown leaning over a balcony. As more complete examples of this type of image suggest, this leaning female figure would have probably been accompanied by a male consort. Such images decorated the upper portions of the railing pillars of Mathuran stupas. The images usually convey a convivial mood, often depicting amorous couples and drinking scenes.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2000

  • Provenance

    The provenance of this work is under review and records will be updated as new details become available. The Gallery welcomes any information. Contact provenance@ag.nsw.gov.au

    Alex Biancardi, pre 1990

    Private Collection, 2000, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia