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Indian Sculpture

Indian sculpture can prove somewhat disconcerting in the eyes of the neophyte, as it's greatly inspired by religion and spirituality. It's not rare to see representations of divinities with strange appearances, possessing several faces or a surprising number of legs or arms. It's interesting to note that most of these works are not signed.

The invasion of the Aryan peoples, around 1500 BC, marked a scission in the production of Indian sculptures. From this era, no work remains. Art was later reborn there with the rise of the Maurya Empire, and was next greatly developed by the Shunga Dynasty, an era characterized by sculptural ornamentation.

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