12th C. Pilgrim souvenir of the Mahabodhi Temple, Bihar, India. The Buddhist temple has been renovated many times, this gives a clear view of its form in the 12th C. Such items have been found across India, Myanmar, Nepal and Tibet. The Met.
Nagini (Serpent Queen or Consort of Nagaraja) Period:Gupta period Date:second quarter of the 5th century Culture:India (Madhya Pradesh) Medium:Stone On the Indian subcontinent, temples have been dedicated to the worship of serpents since the dawn of civilization. Both Buddhism and Hinduism adopted nagarajas and naginis (serpent kings and their consorts) as protective divinities and depicted them like human beings
Mother Goddess (Matrika) Post-Gupta period, mid- 6th century, India. One of a group of 7 mother goddesses sprung from a Hindu male god. Despite their beauty, matrikas represent dangerous and malevolent forces— Their combined power is understood to be embodied in the mother goddess, Durga.