An image of Head of a woman

Unknown Artist

Head of a woman

Location
Not on display
Further information

This intriguing terracotta head of a woman is quite eroded, however, it is still possible to discern the elegant, oval face adorned with heavy earrings and an elaborate headdress. An example of a similar terracotta is included in P. Pal 'Icons of Piety, Images of Whimsy' (1987). He writes "Javanese ...[terracottas] are often remarkable as much for their original designs as for their humorous shapes. Javanese artists were equally deft in modelling figures of delicate, petite and graceful women and in depicting highly amusing characters undoubtedly meant to be caricatures."

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 1999.

Place of origin
Java, Indonesia
Period
Indonesia: Majapahit period 1292–1520
Year
circa 14th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
terracotta
Dimensions
4.5 x 3.5 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of the Estate of David Strachan 1995
Accession number
198.1999