Loving Couple (Mithuna), 1st–2nd century. India (Uttar Pradesh, Mathura). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 1986 (1986.506.11) | Depictions of loving couples are ubiquitous in early Indian art, occurring in stupa gateways and rock-cut shrines.
Standing Vishnu Period: Pallava or early Chola period (880–1279) Date: 9th century Culture: India (Tamil Nadu) Medium: Copper alloy Dimensions: H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); W. 2 13/16 in. (7.1 cm); D. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm) Classification: Metalwork Credit Line: Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987 Accession Number: 1987.142.68