Vishnu Anantasayana Panel, Dashavatara Temple, Deogarh
The Vishnu Anantasayana panel, Dashavatara Temple, Deogarh. 5th-6th century CE. The Gupta-period sculpture adorning the temple includes many images from Hindu mythology. This celebrated panel from the south wall of the temple has Vishnu reclining...
Vishnu as Varaha, Udayagiri Caves
A sculpted panel at the Gupta-period (4th-6th century CE) caves of Udayagiri, Madhya Pradesh, India. The caves are rock-cut Hindu shrines and this panel shows Vishnu as the boar-headed incarnation Varaha. The god rises from the cosmic waters...
Sanchi Inscription of Chandragupta II
This is the image of an inscription located at the great stupa at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India. It belongs to the year 412-13 CE, in the period of the Gupta Emperor Chandragupta II (c. 375 - c. 414 CE) and mentions his name in the text...
Coin of Chandragupta II
This coin issued by the Emperor Chandragupta II (c. 375 CE- 413/14 CE) of the Gupta dynasty shows him wearing a waistcloth with a sash flying behind along with some jewellery (armlets, necklace and earrings). He holds a bow in his left hand...
Dashavatara Temple, Deogarh
The Gupta style Dashavatara temple, Deogarh in Madhya Pradesh, India. 5th-6th Century CE.
Udayagiri Caves, Madhya Pradesh
The Udayagiri caves in Madhya Pradesh, India. The rock-cut caves were constructed in the early Gupta Period (4th century CE) and functioned as Hindu shrines.
The brick shikhara tower of the Hindu temple at Bhitargaon, Uttar Pradesh, northern India. Built in the late 5th century CE during the Gupta reign it is one of the oldest surviving Hindu temple buildings in existence.
Cave 19, Ajanta, Deccan
The chaitya facade of Cave 19, Ajanta, north-west Deccan, India. The columned porch, cushion column capitals, and ornate decorative sculpture are typical of Gupta architecture (4-6th century CE). The relief panels show scenes from the life...
Samudragupta Coin: Standard Type
This coin issued by Emperor Samudragupta (335/350 – 370/380 CE) of the Gupta dynasty shows him wearing a Scythian-style coat, trousers and cap and Indian-style necklace and earrings. He has a halo around his head. The standard shown in the...
Chariot Warriors in Ancient India
This sculpture made during the Gupta period (3rd century CE to 6th century CE) shows a scene from the Mahabharata. Here, two elite warriors riding their war chariots are seen engaging each other in an archery duel. The body of the chariot...