- Other Title
- Celestial being
- Place where the work was made
- circa 11th century
- Media category
- Materials used
- pink sandstone
- 24.8 x 29.3 x 11.5 cm
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Gift of the Estate of David Strachan 1995
- Not on display
- Accession number
This sculpture of Gandharva would have once adorned the outer wall or overdoor of a Hindu temple. In Hindu mythology, the Gandharvas are regarded as radiant beings that sing sweetly on the mountains, but may be dangerous especially at twilight when they roam about and haunt forest pools. They are attributed with great healing powers and are also associated with marriage and the protection of virgins. This Gandharva is depicted with a heart-shaped face and elaborately coiffed hair. His body glides through the air with one leg folded in and the other bent at the knee, neatly fitting into the square architectural moulding. With his arms raised and his palms are turned upward, it is as though he were lifting the weight of the temple into the heavens.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, October 1999
Referenced in 1 publication
Robert Haines, Indian sculpture and painting, Sydney, Nov 1969. lot no. 31
David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, 03 Nov 1969-27 Nov 1969, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, offered in the sale, Indian sculpture and painting, 3- 27 Nov1968, cat. no. 31.
David Strachan, 28 Nov 1969-Nov 1970, Australia, purchased by David Strachan from David Jones Gallery (art dealership).
Veronica Rowan, Nov 1970-1999, Canberra/Australian Capital Territory/Australia, by descent to Ms Rowan, sister of David Strachan. Donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1999.