An image of Torso of a female divinity

Unknown Artist

Torso of a female divinity

Other titles:
Female torso
Location
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
Madhya Pradesh, India
Period
India: Chandella dynasty circa 831–1308
Year
11th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
sandstone
Dimensions
53.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 1990
Accession number
239.1990
Provenance
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.