An image of Torso of a Buddha

Unknown Artist

Torso of a Buddha

Location
Not on display
Further information

The youthful male torso is characteristic of the important Mathura school that flourished in northern India under the rule of the Kushan dynasty. Carved from the mottled red sandstone found around Mathura, it demonstrates the skill of the Indian sculptor in eliciting from hard stone the soft contours of a youthful body beneath transparent robes. The absence of this fragment’s head and right hand (which would have been held in a specific gesture, or 'mudra') prevents its precise identification.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.27.

Place of origin
Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India
Period
India: Kushan period mid 1st century–early 5th century
Year
1st century-2nd century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
mottled red sandstone
Dimensions
47.0 x 42.0 x 16.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Alex Biancardi 1998
Accession number
114.1998