An image of Torso of a woman, possibly the goddess Lakshmi

Unknown Artist

Torso of a woman, possibly the goddess Lakshmi

Location
Not on display
Further information

This Mathuran torso fashioned from mottled red sandstone depicts a woman touching her right breast with her left hand. The size of this torso and the fact that it appears to have been modelled in the round suggests that this image might have been that of a goddess. The breast-touching motif is usually associated with the goddess Shri or Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance and fertility, although the absence of other attributes makes this difficult to ascertain.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2000

Place of origin
Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India
Cultural origin
Mathuran style
Period
India: Kushan period mid 1st century–early 5th century
Year
2nd century-3rd century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
mottled red sandstone
Dimensions
32.0 x 22.0 x 16.5 cm object; 36.3 x 22.0 x 16.5 cm object and stand
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000
Accession number
12.2000
Provenance
Alex Biancardi, pre 1990
Private Collection, 2000, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia