Explore Hindu, Buddhist and Jain art from India, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia.
From AD 600 onwards, many regional kingdoms flourished across north and central India, from Kashmir in the north-west to Uttar Pradesh in the east. Most of the ruling dynasties favoured Hinduism and were active patrons of temple architecture and sculpture. Jainism also became well established in Gujarat and Rajasthan in the west.
During this period a wide variety of styles of sculpture arose, as can be seen below. All derived in some degree from the classic Gupta tradition (AD 300-500), though with distinct regional variations. New and more complex images of the deities were also developed. This period of creativity lasted until around 1200 when Muslim invaders from Central Asia began to occupy northern India.
Kashmir and the northwest