Lot 32
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Male Bust    

1st Century B.C.E. - 1st Century

Kushan Dynasty
Uttar Pradesh

Height: 2.5 in (6.4 cm)

This hand modeled piece depicting a male figure with only the torso and hips extant reveals yet another facet of the terracotta tradition. While female forms are generally rhythmic and fluid, the male figure here is conceived and contained within a tubular form. Although the arms are no longer present, based on the groove lines, one can assume that his hands were raised in supplication, and that he was probably a votive offering to a deity, or a minor deity who was in attendance to the chief deity.

He has a thick neck piece and the detailing of his lower garment, tied up in a tight knot is well depicted. He also embodies the ideal male body type, with broad shoulders, a narrow waist, and a well defined chest and navel.

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  Lot 32 of 55  

25-26 APRIL 2012

$500 - 600

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