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Architectural fragment with two lovers carved in high relief from a pale red sandstone with buff-coloured veins.
The couple seem to step toward each other and are about to kiss; they both wear arm bands and have long locks tied back in buns. The man is bearded and wears earrings characteristic of Śaiva ācāryas.
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Height: 60.50 centimetres (Object on mount)
Height: 54 centimetres
Length: 18.50 centimetres
Width: 47 centimetres (Object on mount)
Width: 46 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Amourous and sexual imagery is found on the vestibule walls of surviving temples in central India, suggesting this piece once occupied such a position.
- On display (G35)
- Exhibition history
1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.138
1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.138
1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.138
2000 22 Jul-17 Sep, Walsall, New Art gallery; Indian Sculpture South Bank touring exhibition
2000 27 Sep-10 Dec, Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts; Indian Sculpture touring exhibition
2001 12 Jan-25 Mar, Southampton, City Art Gallery; Indian Sculture touring exhibition
2002 28 Nov-2003 Apr, Asian Art Diploma Course Exhibition Project 'Sangam'
2015-2016 Dec-Mar, Seoul Arts Centre, The Human Image
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