Female head with headdress

On display

Details

  • Title

    Female head with headdress

  • Associated place

    Mathura (place of creation)
  • Date

    1st half of the 6th century AD
    Gupta Period (AD 320 - 600)
  • Material and technique

    red sandstone

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    16 x 10 x 8.5 cm max. (height x width x depth)
    with mount 23.5 x 10 x 8.5 cm max. (height x width x depth)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by The Honourable Penelope Chetwode, 1961.

  • Museum location

    Ground floor | Gallery 12 | India to AD 600
  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1961.138

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  • Catalogue text

    Only the head remains of what was once a complete female figure in very high relief, probably part of a group. The face with its almond-shaped eyes and fleshy lips has the sensual calm, combined with a certain hard-edged quality, of Mathura Buddhas of c.450 A.D. except that the gaze is not downcast, with the consequent exaggeration of the upper lid. The headdress, on the other hand, belongs to the very end of the Gupta period (c.320-550 A.D.) or even the outset of the post-Gupta, as does the right ear-ring, its “bar” already taking the form of a little baluster.

    In: Harle, J. C., and Andrew Topsfield, Indian Art in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1987)

Further reading

Harle, J. C., and Andrew Topsfield, Indian Art in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1987), no. 30 on p. 23, p. 49, illus. p. 23

Ahuja, Naman, Art and Archaeology of Ancient India: Earliest Times to the Sixth Century (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2018), no. 116

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