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.
Chandella dynasty circa 831-1308 → India
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 1990
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 6 publications
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: South Asia', pg. 288-297, Sydney, 1999, 289 (colour illus.).
Gauri Parimoo Krishnan, Goddess: Divine Energy, 'Nature goddesses', pg. 23-33, Sydney, 2006, 24 (colour illus.). cat. no. 9
Jackie Menzies, AGNSW Collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 178 (colour illus.).
Pratapaditya Pal, Orientations, 'Sensuous Spirituality: Hindu and Buddhist Art from the Indic Cultural Realm', pg. 80-87, Hong Kong, Sep 2000, 85 (colour illus.). fig.10
Margaret Olley Art Trust, Sydney, circa 1994, colour illus..
The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Realm of the Hindu Gods', Sydney, 2003, 22 (colour illus.).