Base of a Sculpture of Surya
North India, Mathura region
Gupta Dynasty (300–699 C.E.), 6th–7th century
"The sun god Surya was driven daily across the sky in a chariot drawn by seven horses. These are shown here, one in the center facing forward, and three at each side. The driver of the chariot Aruna, the dawn, is shown seated in a niche above the central horse. In this fragmentary sculpture, only the knees of Surya remain."