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Her forest life is temporary, and she comes into her real identity—an identity of which she is mostly unaware when the play begins—through her interaction with a king during the course of the play.

415-455. Gold Coin of Gupta King Kumaragupta as an Archer. On the obverse is a horse, created to commemorate the Gupta horse-sacrifice or asvamedha. During this ritual a stallion was released to roam for a year before being sacrificed by the king. King Kumaragupta I is said to have completed this ritual twice in his lifetime. India.

History

The Gupta Empire was an ancient Indian empire which existed from approximately 320 to 550 CE and covered much of the Indian Subcontinent. Founded by Maharaja Sri Gupta, the dynasty is a model of a classical civilization. This period is called the Golden Age of India.Chandra Gupta I, Samudra Gupta the Great, and Chandra Gupta II the Great were the most notable rulers of the Gupta dynasty.

India History - The Gupta Empire (Sanskrit: गुप्त साम्राज्य, Gupta Sāmrājya) was an ancient Indian empire which existed from approximately 320 to 550 CE and covered much of the Indian Subcontinent. Founded by Maharaja Sri Gupta, the dynasty is a model of a classical civilization. The peace and prosperity created under the leadership of the Guptas enabled the pursuit of scientific and artistic endeavors. This period is called the Golden Age of India.

The Ajanta and Ellora caves were created during the Golden Age. They were decorated with paintings of religious figures; some Hindu and some Buddhist.

India History - The Gupta Empire was an ancient Indian empire which existed from approximately 320 to 550 CE and covered much of the Indian Subcontinent. Founded by Maharaja Sri Gupta, the dynasty is a model of a classical civilization. The peace and prosperity created under the leadership of the Guptas enabled the pursuit of scientific and artistic endeavors. This period is called the Golden Age of India.

Gupta Architecture

The Gupta Dynasty, founded by Chandragupta I, ruled in North Central India between the 4th and 6th centuries CE and the period is considered a golden age of artistic accomplishment. The Guptas were the first architects of purpose-built Hindu temples. These temples were often dedicated to all the Hindu gods. Unfortunately, relatively few of the large number of Gupta temples built have survived. -- AHE

at the height of India's golden age, when in the Gangetic plain, the fifth-century Gupta dynasty was filling their capital of Kannauj with some of the greatest masterpieces of Indian sculpture, and when Kalidasa was writing his great play, The Cloud-Messenger. From this period date the rich picture cycles of wall painting in caves one and two.

Gupta Architecture

The Gupta Dynasty, founded by Chandragupta I (accession c. 320 CE), ruled in North Central India between the 4th and 6th centuries CE and the period is considered a golden age of artistic accomplishment. The Guptas were the first architects of purpose-built Hindu (but sometimes also Buddhist) temples which evolved from the earlier tradition of rock-cut shrines.

The Gupta dynasty, which ruled from 320-550 AD, and stretched over much of the Indian subcontinent. It was founded by Maharaja Sri Gupta. The peace and prosperity that occurred under the Gupta dynasty allowed science and art to flourish.