Feb 4, 2005

Amorous Couple: Mithuna

Amorous Couple: Mithuna

400s-500s

Terracotta

Overall: 38.5 x 37 cm (15 3/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1971.133

Location

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
Indian Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Terracotta

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