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Head of a woman, probably a yakṣī. The broad, somewhat flat face and most of the neck are complete. The long, almost horizontal eyes have notably arched tops of the lids and eyebrows, and under the low lids pupils and irises are indicated. The surviving earring has beaded strands. The nose is broad, the lips thin and slightly parted. A pair of diverging thick locks over the middle of the forehead, each ending in a curl, reveals part of a circular ornament beneath; above is a large wreath with a pointed-leaf pattern. Leafy branches fall on and beside the head.
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Diameter: 9 centimetres
Height: 16.80 centimetres
Width: 18.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
This head may have come from a figure like Calcutta 2569/ A23237 and 2567/A23239 (Tissot, 1985a: figs 195, 198) which may be referred to the śālabhañjikā, for which see BM 1880.227.
- Not on display
- 1.Grey schist, broken and pitted.
2.Broken underside of neck uneven; tenon at top of head slopes to right and is aligned with a small flat surface on right; both surfaces have remnants of what may be adhesive.
3.Back rounded with chisel marks at top.
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