Amorous Couple (Mithuna)

Amorous Couple (Mithuna)
Place Made:
India: Odisha
13th century
Brown gneiss 
overall: 69 x 28 x 22 in. (175.3 x 71.1 x 55.9 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View

The depiction of affectionate couples, symbolizing both fertility and desire (kama) is a common occurrence in Indian temple art. Some of the boldest representations, both thematically and sculpturally, such as this example, were carved for the great Sun temple at Konarak in Orissa.

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