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Title

Torso of a Buddha

1st century-2nd century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The youthful male torso is characteristic of the important Mathura school that flourished in northern India under the rule of the Kushan dynasty. Carved from the mottled red sandstone found around Mathura, it demonstrates the skill of the Indian sculptor in eliciting from hard stone the soft contours of a youthful body beneath transparent robes. The absence of this fragment’s head and right hand (which would have been held in a specific gesture, or 'mudra') prevents its precise identification.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.27.


Details


Place where the work was made

Mathura Uttar Pradesh India


Period

Kushan period mid 1st century - early 5th century


Date

1st century-2nd century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

sandstone


Dimensions

47.0 x 42.0 x 16.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Alex Biancardi 1998


Accession number

114.1998



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Walking with gods, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jun 2019–12 Jan 2020


Provenance


Alex Biancardi, Jan 1985-Jun 1998, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998.


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: South Asia', pg. 288-297, Sydney, 1999, 289 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, Look, 'Alex Biancardi November 18, 1923 - November 28, 1998', pg. 13, Melbourne, May 1999, 13 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, Look, 'Evolution and enlightenment', pg. 30- 32., Sydney, Jul 2015, 30 (colour illus.).

The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Buddhist Art', Sydney, 2003, 27 (colour illus.).