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Title

Female torso

11th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Most likely the torso of a celestial woman or 'surasundari', this sculpture embodies the Indian ideals of feminine beauty: full, spherical breasts set close, narrow wasp-like waist, ample hips and elaborate jewellery that accentuates the soft tactility of the flesh. This kind of representation of the feminine was included in the iconographic program of the Hindu temple in order to improve its power.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.22.

Founded early in the ninth century, the Chandella dynasty, one of thirty-six Rajput clans, was a major regional power by the tenth century. This female figure undoubtedly was part of the luxurious surface decoration typical of the external walls of Chandella religious monuments. The figure may be a 'yakshi', a female nature spirit whose erotic, sensual forms, charged with suggestions of fertility, were lovingly carved by medieval Indian sculptors.

Excerpt from Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 289.


Details


Place where the work was made

Madhya Pradesh India


Date

11th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

carved sandstone


Dimensions

53.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 1990


Location

Not on display


Accession number

239.1990



Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history