National Museum, New Delhi – Gupta and Medieval Sculpture

Continuing my series of blog posts showcasing the highlights of the National Museum in New Delhi, it’s time to turn our attention to the Gupta and medieval sculptures that are housed in the collection. 

As you will shorty see, the museum is blessed with a staggering set of masterpieces encompassing this period – I struggled to get the number of images down to a decent number for a single blog post.

I’m also experimenting a little with removing the background from the images, which in a museum context can be frustratingly distracting, so these images purely focus on the sculpture themselves. Please add a comment below as to whether you think it enhances the viewing experience (or not!). My blog post on pre-Gupta sculpture shows similar images without the background removed. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.

I have ordered the images in chronological order, starting at the 5th century and taking us through to the 14th century. As always, click on any image to view it in a larger format.

That concludes my short virtual tour of the Gupta and medieval period sculptures at the National Museum in Delhi. Further posts on some of the other galleries (e.g. pre-Gupta sculpture, bronzes and paintings) will be appearing over the next few weeks, which combined together will hopefully give a reasonably comprehensive account of what can be seen here.

If you are planning on visiting this museum, I would suggest at least a full day is set aside and that you arrive early.

The National Museum opening times are usually :

Tue – Fri (10:00 AM to 6:00 PM)
Sat & Sun (10:00 AM to 8:00 PM)
(Closed on Mondays and National Holidays)

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7 replies »

  1. Thanks Kevin. With museum shots, I think the lack of background places the focus squarely on the icon. An improvement. In pieces in the field, context is very often significant.
    Is it possible with museum pieces to indicate the material used? Type of stone or metal?
    Thanks once again for these marvellous photographs. They bring back memories of an impressive/important collection.
    Best wishes and stay safe.

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