Mithuna

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Mithuna

66.22

Description

The pair of male and female in Indian art has a much wider connotation than just sexual or procreative partners. They are also partners in religious duties such as performing important ceremonies and rituals to acquire religious merit. In fact, no Grihya and other sacrifices could be performed by a single man, as it was considered incomplete. Yugala or Mithuna symbolised completeness or totality of life, and therefore, is considered auspicious. The presence of Mithuna sculptures in Indian temples reflects the partnership of man and woman both in the act of dharma and kama.

Collection

Ancient Civilisations

Object Type

Plaque

Material

Terracotta

Schools/Culture/Period

Kushana

Technique

moulding

Date

1st century BCE

Location

Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh

Dimension

13.2 cms X 6 cms,