Torso of a female divinity
- Other titles:
- Female torso
- Upper Asian gallery
- Further information
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.
- Place of origin
- India: Chandella dynasty circa 831–1308
- 11th century
- 53.0 cm
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 1990
- Accession number
- 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.