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Apsara by Unknown artist

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An apsara is a heavenly dancer and celestial maiden. This erotic sandstone figure came from the walls of a Hindu temple at Khajuraho in North India. It is a late 11th/early 12th century sculpture of a bejewelled, naked, woman standing relaxedly in the position of tribhanga - a triple articulation of the limbs and torso. Apsarases brought great luck to sacred monuments by entertaining the enshrined deities with their powerfully expressive poses of physical yearning. (India: Hindu Art from the 12th to the 18th Century, 2003)

Production date
10th century-12th century
pink sandstone
Size (h x w)
787 x 317 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1970
Accession no
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International Art
Display status
Not on display

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