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Figure - Standing Deity, possibly Shiva

Standing Deity, possibly Shiva

  • Object:

    Figure

  • Place of origin:

    Aurangabad (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 7th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Basalt

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Captain J. G. Willoughby

  • Museum number:

    IM.13-1915

  • Gallery location:

    South Asian Sculpture, Room 47b, case BNC, shelf 4

Physical description

The torso is nude, but richly decorated with ornaments and the Brahmin's sacred cord. The heavily curled hair is caught up into a bunch on the top of the head, behind which is an elliptical halo. The arms are missing from the elbow, but the right forearm was raised.

Place of Origin

Aurangabad (made)

Date

ca. 7th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Basalt

Dimensions

Height: 119 cm, Width: 58 cm, Depth: 30 cm, Weight: 290 kg

Historical context note

This torso typifies the late Gupta / early medieval style of the western Deccan, the greatest expression of which is to be found at the rock cut temples of Ellora and Ajanta. This figure appears to have been free-standing rather than rock-cut, and probably belonged to a small temple in the region. The elegant modelling, rich ornamentation and elaborate coiffure have their closest parallels in the monumental sculptures seen at Ellora.

Descriptive line

Standing deity possibly Shiva, Basalt, 7th century, Aurangabad region, Maharashtra, Deccan

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Guy, John: 'Indian Temple Sculpture', London, V & A Publication, 2007, p.142, pl.161.
ISBN 9781851775095.
pl.8
Irwin, John C., Indian Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: H. M. Stationery Office, 1968

Labels and date

Standing Deity, possibly Shiva

600–700
Chalukya period

The Deccan formed at times a cultural bridge between the arts of
the north and the south. Its medieval rock-cut temples of Ajanta
and Ellora are among the most famous in India.This torso,with
its elegant modelling, rich ornamentation and elaborate coiffure,
is similar to the monumental sculptures at Ellora. However, it was
freestanding rather than rock-cut, so probably belonged to a small
temple.

Basalt
South-west India (Aurangabad region, Maharashtra, Deccan)

Presented by Major-General J.Willoughby
Museum no. IM.13-1915 [06/06/2011]
STANDING DEITY, POSSIBLY SHIVA
Basalt
Aurangabad region, Maharashtra, Deccan
Calukya style, circa 7th century

This torso typifies the late Gupta/early medieval style of the western Deccan, the greatest expression of which is to be found at the rock-cut temples of Ajanta and Ellora. This figure appears to have been freestanding rather than rock-cut, and probably belonged to a small temple in the region. The elegant modelling, rich ornamentation and elaborate coiffure have their closest parallels in the monumental sculptures to be seen at Ellora.

Presented by Major-General J. Willoughby
IM.13-1915 [1988]

Production Note

Aurangabad region, Maharashtra, Deccan, India

Subjects depicted

Hinduism

Categories

Sculpture; Jain; Religion

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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