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Title

Torso of a female divinity

11th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Female torso
    Place where the work was made
    Madhya Pradesh India
    Period
    Chandella dynasty circa 831-1308 → India
    Date
    11th century
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

  • Provenance

    Brian Moore Gallery, 1990, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia

    Margaret Olley, Jun 1990, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney as part of the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust, June 1990.