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Amorous Couple, 13th century

India: Orissa, 1200-1299
Brown gneiss
69 x 28 in. (175.3 x 71.1 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1976.04.S
© 2012 The Norton Simon Foundation

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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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