Indian Museum, Kolkata : Virtual Exhibitions MATHURA SCULPTURES

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Mathura was the eastern headquater of the vast Kushana Empire and it had close administrative and culture links with the region of Gandhara in west. Both witnessed a golden time under the Kushanas. The Mathura and Gandhara schools of art which emerged and flourished almost simultaneously, freely intermixed and exchanged their artistic trends.The Mathura style reached its Zenith in the Gupta period, 4th-6th century A.D. when the figure became slim and slender and the expression on the face was marked with a super natural bliss and serenity. The Gupta sculptures are known for a unique combination of beauty and spirit. Inscriptions recorded on several sculptures have considerably enhanced their cultural significance.