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Head of Shiva as an ascetic north India, 5th century AD Mathura sculpture.  The Gupta aesthetic spread widely across the subcontinent, and it would underlie the later sculpture both of India and of lands far beyond her borders.

Head of Shiva as an ascetic north India, 5th century AD Mathura sculpture. The Gupta aesthetic spread widely across the subcontinent, and it would underlie the later sculpture both of India and of lands far beyond her borders.

Tête de divinité féminine GUPTA  Terre cuite Inde Ve - VIe siècle Hauteur en cm: 14 Provenance: Collection privée de Hong Kong  Galerie d'antiquités asiatiques Christophe Hioco

Tête de divinité féminine GUPTA Terre cuite Inde Ve - VIe siècle Hauteur en cm: 14 Provenance: Collection privée de Hong Kong Galerie d'antiquités asiatiques Christophe Hioco

Head of Manasa, Hindu folk goddess of snakes, Gupta period, early 6th century  Terracotta. Also known as Vishahara (the destroyer of poison), she is the sister of Vasuki, king of Nagas (snakes).

Head of Manasa, Hindu folk goddess of snakes, Gupta period, early 6th century Terracotta. Also known as Vishahara (the destroyer of poison), she is the sister of Vasuki, king of Nagas (snakes).

A terracotta head of a divinity. India, Gupta period, 5th century

A terracotta head of a divinity. India, Gupta period, 5th century

Head of Vishnu, 300s,Central India, Madhya Pradesh, Vidisha, Gupta Period (320-647).Vishnu is the second god in the Hindu triumvirate (orTrimurti). The other two gods are Brahma and Shiva.Brahma is the creator of the universe and Shiva is the destroyer. Vishnu is the preserver and protector of the universe.His role is to return to the earth in troubled times and restore the balance of good and evil.

Head of Vishnu, 300s,Central India, Madhya Pradesh, Vidisha, Gupta Period (320-647).Vishnu is the second god in the Hindu triumvirate (orTrimurti). The other two gods are Brahma and Shiva.Brahma is the creator of the universe and Shiva is the destroyer. Vishnu is the preserver and protector of the universe.His role is to return to the earth in troubled times and restore the balance of good and evil.

Gupta Period (गुप्त राजवंश) fragment from a relief a male head about 4 inches H. Terracotta India, 6th C. Met

Gupta Period (गुप्त राजवंश) fragment from a relief a male head about 4 inches H. Terracotta India, 6th C. Met

hinducosmos: Sculpture of Shiva at Elephanta... - Hridaya - Heart of Tantras

hinducosmos: Sculpture of Shiva at Elephanta... - Hridaya - Heart of Tantras

Standing Four-Armed Vishnu,Gupta period.5th century,India  Terracotta

Standing Four-Armed Vishnu,Gupta period.5th century,India Terracotta

Plaque with a Mandala of the Eight Bodhisattvas, Gupta period, 6th century  India, Terracotta

Plaque with a Mandala of the Eight Bodhisattvas, Gupta period, 6th century India, Terracotta

Buddha Preaching the First Sermon at Sarnath, 11th century. India (Bihar, probably Nalanda). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1920 (20.43) | This Buddha from Nalanda could well have been housed in a temple. As early images typically were attached to relic structures this idea of venerating an independent image of the Buddha reflects a shift in practice that was especially important for the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. #Buddhism

Buddha Preaching the First Sermon at Sarnath, 11th century. India (Bihar, probably Nalanda). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1920 (20.43) | This Buddha from Nalanda could well have been housed in a temple. As early images typically were attached to relic structures this idea of venerating an independent image of the Buddha reflects a shift in practice that was especially important for the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. #Buddhism

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