Sunday, March 29, 2009

Gupta Sculpture

Tara group, Aurangabad cave

The problem with sculpture
from the Gupta era (250-650)
is that so much of it did not survive
the Muslim invasions of northern India.

Dancing Gana, Bhumara, 500

This little fellow once danced
on the roof of a temple
that has long since been turned to dust.

Uttar Pradesh

This is probably the kind of thing
that the invaders found so offensive

Punar, 5th C.

It's called a "Golden Age"

Mirpur Khas, 400

Matrika, Rajastan, 6th C.

Mathura, 5th C.

Bihar, 6th C.

Rajastan, Tanesar-Mahadeva, 500

These little fragments
are now on display
at the Art Institute


Anonymous marly said...

Are these all small?

I tend to like the second one, partly because he still inhabits his architectural folly, partly because he's more fluid (a little pinwheel).

March 31, 2009  
Anonymous Artiseternal said...

Here's proof that some cultures like well rounded women!

March 31, 2009  
Blogger Bill said...

Great stuff! Thanks, Chris.

April 01, 2009  

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