An image of Female torso

Unknown Artist

Female torso

Not on display
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.

Founded early in the ninth century, the Chandella dynasty, one of thirty-six Rajput clans, was a major regional power by the tenth century. This female figure undoubtedly was part of the luxurious surface decoration typical of the external walls of Chandella religious monuments. The figure may be a 'yakshi', a female nature spirit whose erotic, sensual forms, charged with suggestions of fertility, were lovingly carved by medieval Indian sculptors.

Excerpt from Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 289.

Place of origin
Madhya Pradesh, India
India: Chandella dynasty circa 831–1308
11th century
carved sandstone
53.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 1990
Accession number