An image of A winged deity

Unknown Artist

A winged deity

Other titles:
Standing male figure
Not on display
Further information

This plaque depicting a standing male figure is possibly a representation of a winged deity, perhaps a gandharva, associated with fertility, marriage and the protection of virgins. He is depicted as an upright figure with a round face, wide eyes and full lips. He wears a distinctive and heavy turban, large wheel-like earrings, bangles on his proper right arm and an elaborately woven lower garment belted with a sash. The sophisticated dress of this richly dressed figure reflects the burgeoning wealth of a very early urban and middle-class society who now had money to spend on art objects and architectural decoration. It would seem that such plaques were made to be hung on a wall, perhaps in a temple.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, March 1995

Place of origin
Chandraketugarh, West Bengal, India
India: Shunga Period circa 200–50 BCE
2nd century BCE-1st century BCE
moulded terracotta plaque with applied surface decoration
28.0 x 14.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Purchased 1994
Accession number
Art of the Past, pre Oct 1994, United States of America