Northern India, Uttar Pradesh, Ahichchatra, Gupta period (c. 320-550)
Amorous Couple: Mithuna
Overall: 38.5 x 37 cm (15 3/16 x 14 9/16 in.)
Amorous couples were among the most prevalent imagery on the exterior of sacred sites in early India. Their life-affirming imagery was considered auspicious. This roundel would have been part of a brick structure, since terracotta was typically used in the ornamentation of brick temples, instead of stone.