Torso of a Conch BearerArtist(s)IndianArtist NationalityIndian (South Asian)Object Creation Date10th century - 11th centuryMedium & Supportblack stoneDimensions
15 in x 5 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in (38.1 cm x 13.97 cm x 13.97 cm)Credit LineGift of Dr. and Mrs. Irving F. BurtonLabel 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 ClassificationSculptureCollection AreaAsianRights
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