Carved and engraved buff-to-reddish colored sandstone. Once part of the subsidiary decoration of a temple facade, the figures of this bejeweled couple embrace while peering rapturously into the observer’ eyes. Their full bodies and broad, detailed features are characteristic of architectural sculptures produced in thirteenth-century Orissa, a region in northeast India that was noted for its temples, particularly those built from the tenth through the thirteenth century, often distinguished by figures in astonishingly curved, acrobatic and erotic poses. Couples such as this pair are understood to have multiple meanings, ranging from an obvious celebration of life’s pleasures to the more metaphorical symbolism of a human soul’s longing for union with the divine.
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