Torso of a Conch Bearer

Accession Number
1987/1.364

Title
Torso of a Conch Bearer

Artist(s)
Indian

Artist Nationality
Indian (South Asian)

Object Creation Date
10th century - 11th century

Medium & Support
black stone

Dimensions
15 in x 5 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in (38.1 cm x 13.97 cm x 13.97 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Irving F. Burton

Label copy
The conch was used as a ritual implement in religious ceremonies throughout India, and this figure was probably intended as an attendant to a Hindu deity. The unknown sculptor has taken advantage fully of the characteristics of his material, a finely grained black stone that holds a crisp edge and allows for the carving of fine detail.
Exhibited in "Divine Encounters, Earthly Pleasures: Twenty Centuries of Indian Art," 12/12/03-2/22/04.

Primary Object Classification
Sculpture

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
torsos

3 Related Resources

Before 1492
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Indian Metalwork
(Part of: Design)

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