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Amorous Couple (Mithuna)
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Amorous Couple (Mithuna)

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Description Standing under the lush foliage of a flourishing tree, this amorous couple, or "mithuna," once formed part of the jamb of a temple doorway. Associated with fertility and wellbeing, mithunas are considered to bring auspiciousness to the buildings they adorn. Here, the man stands at ease while the woman twists to display and admire the nail marks left by her partner during lovemaking—a motif in both Sanskrit literature and the visual arts of South Asia.
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance Renzo Freschi, Milan; purchased by John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, 1998; given to Walters Art Museum, 2003.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2003

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ca. 500
pink sandstone
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H: 15 1/2 × W: 9 5/8 × D: 2 1/2 in. (39.4 × 24.5 × 6.4 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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