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Title

Torso

19th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    North India India
    Cultural origin
    Varanasi
    Date
    19th century
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    white marble with traces of paint
    Dimensions
    32.0 x 21.5 x 14.0 cm object; 44.0 x 21.5 x 14.0 cm object with stand
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    26.2000
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    This marble torso of a man is carved in the round indicating that it may have been part of a figure of a deity that was being worshipped in a shrine. It is difficult to identify which deity due to the absence of attributes. The torso is stylistically simple and elegant. The gathers of the lower garment or dhoti are carefully delineated and a sacred thread is worn across the chest, indicating the Hindu origins of this figure. The body is otherwise bare except for a beautifully crafted beaded necklace with flower-shaped pendant that ornaments the upper body.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, March 2000