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Woman and man. Relief. Gahadavala. 12th Century. New Delhi, National Museum.

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Woman and man. Relief. Gahadavala. 12th Century. New Delhi, National Museum.
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Rajasthan-- Sculpture;stone sculpture;slide set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: As we saw with reference to slide 30 illustrating a beautiful cult image of Sarasvati in the Gahadavala style, splendid decoration was generally reserved for the most sacred subjects. This relief, produced in the same period at Gahadavala, is hardly a match for the precious figure of the goddess, particularly because the subject is less important and thus demands less attention. The couple is a somewhat decadent form of the often highly erotic Mithuna couples, which commonly adorn temples and represent auspicious living. In form they are less elegant and less personal than 10th or early 11th century 'loving couples' in the Gupta heritage. Detailing is kept at a bare minimum, and graceful rhythm is lost in exaggerated curves.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1279


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