Amorous Couple (Mithuna)

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The site of Ahichchatra retains ruins of a pyramid-shaped brick temple dedicated to Shiva.


Amorous couples were among the most prevalent imagery on the exterior of sacred sites in early India. Their life-affirming imagery was considered auspicious. This roundel would have been part of a brick structure, since terracotta was typically used in the ornamentation of brick temples, instead of stone.
Amorous Couple (Mithuna)

Amorous Couple (Mithuna)


Northern India, Uttar Pradesh, Ahichchatra, Gupta period (c. 320-550)

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