Description: Surya

One of the earliest Hindu gods, the sun god Surya (SOOR-yah) and his two faithful attendants form a common three-figure group in Hindu art. Surya appears largest, at center, framed by a large round nimbus, or circle of light. On each side appear Surya’s faithful attendants and doorkeepers, Dandi (DAHN-dee) the warrior and Pingala (pin-GAH-lah) the scribe.

This fragment once formed part of the carved sandstone decoration of a temple, and would have been painted in bright colors.

  • Culture: Indian; Made in Uttar Pradesh, Gupta Period
  • Created: ca. 600 CE
  • Credit Line: R. T. Miller Fund, 82.48