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Title

Bust of a women at a balcony

1st century-2nd century


Artists

Unknown Artist


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


Details


Place where the work was made

Mathura Uttar Pradesh India


Cultural origin

Mathuran style


Period

Kushan period mid 1st century - early 5th century


Date

1st century-2nd century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

mottled red sandstone


Dimensions

14.3 x 15.2 x 6.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

11.2000



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

Provenance


Alex Biancardi, pre 1990

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