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Title

Head of a woman

circa 14th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Java Indonesia
    Period
    Majapahit period 1292 - 1520 → Indonesia
    Date
    circa 14th century
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    terracotta
    Dimensions
    4.5 x 3.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the Estate of David Strachan 1995
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    198.1999
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    This intriguing terracotta head of a woman is quite eroded, however, it is still possible to discern the elegant, oval face adorned with heavy earrings and an elaborate headdress. An example of a similar terracotta is included in P. Pal 'Icons of Piety, Images of Whimsy' (1987). He writes "Javanese ...[terracottas] are often remarkable as much for their original designs as for their humorous shapes. Javanese artists were equally deft in modelling figures of delicate, petite and graceful women and in depicting highly amusing characters undoubtedly meant to be caricatures."

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 1999.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Java