Bust of a Goddess
India, Northern region, Madhya Pradesh
10th century
Buff sandstone
51 x 29 x 19 cm (20 x 11 ⅜ x 7 ½ in)

This bust is of an unidentified female Hindu deity figure. Her hair is gathered above her head in an elaborate and tall headdress. She wears simple but refined jewellery, including a set of large annular ear-ornaments and a thin torc around her neck. The highly lifted thinly arched eyebrows, semi-open downcasting eyes, slightly lifted lips with a touch of smile and the physiognomy of the figure, is emblematic of the post-Gupta style.