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Head of a woman

circa 7th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    North India India
    circa 7th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    dark sandstone
    11.5 x 7.5 x 8.2 cm object; 16.0 x 7.5 x 8.2 cm object with stand
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    This head of a woman, carved in very high relief, represents a portrait, perhaps of a noble or aristocratic woman, perhaps a donor to a temple or monastery. The woman's upswept hair is fashioned in an intricate style of snail-shell curls. Her elongated earlobes are ornamented with heavy wheel-like earrings, and the three creases that delineate her neck are an indication of her distinguished status. These stylistic elements, drawn from the Gupta style, alongside other facial features including her wide almonds eyes, the double incised arching eyebrows, long nose, full lips and narrow rounded chin would suggest a date in the transitional period following the Gupta period, however still influenced by the Gupta style.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2000