Bust Within a Lotiform Niche

Bust Within a Lotiform Niche
Place Made:
India: Uttar Pradesh, Gupta period
6th century
8-3/4 x 9 in. (22.2 x 22.9 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

Terracotta panels, including ones with aristocratic male and female figures peering out of small arched windows or niches, were an integral part of brick architecture of the Gupta period (320–c. 500). However, this small male bust was more likely used for household decoration. The narrow face, sensuous features, large earrings and wig-like hairstyle indicate a member of the urban class rather than a divine figure.

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