Art During the Gupta Period Essay

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I will be talking about sculptures of the Gupta period and my focus will be in the northern and central sites. The main sites that I will be talking about are Udayagiri, Mathura, Sanchi and Sarnath. What i’ll be trying to show through my presentation is the kind of transition that took place from the Kushana style to what is referred to by some historians as the Gupta style.
Whether there is something called “Gupta style” is a matter of debate among historians. Some are of the view that dynastic labels should not be used. However, art historians like Harle say that in some cases, Gupta period.
HINDU ART
When it comes to Hindu art, Vidisha and Udayagiri were important art centres. Art seemed to have flourished in Vidisha during the
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The hairstyles depicted here are also characteristic of developed gupta forms, with delicate locks of hair arranged in a luxuriant manner on the head.
There is a symmetrical arrangement on the wall with a representation of Ganesha(3) carved on the left wall adjacent to the facade of the cave and an image of durga in her mahishashurmardini form at the right. Between ganesha and the guardian figure on the left door there is a rep of Vishnu and another image of him between durga and the right guardian.
As the “overcomer of obstacles” ganesha is mostly invoked at the beginning of worship to help the devotee along his spiritual path. So ganesha’s image mostly can be seen at the entrance to a shrine or temple. Since his image is present on the left side of the facade, it is likely that the devotee began his worship from that particular side. On the contrary, Durga in her Mahishashurmardini form is a symbol of victory and normally appears on the side that devotee comes across after completing his/her worship. Now, in the mahishashurmardini story, the asura is defeated while he was in his mahisa form. He was destroyed many times but kept reappearing until Durga killed him. The buffalo in hindu mythology is associated with death as it is the vahana of Yama the god of death. Huntington suggests that mahisa’s numerous

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