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Karttikeya, the God of War

Date:
6th–7th century
Culture:
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
Medium:
Stone
Dimensions:
H. 6 3/16 in. (15.7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1988
Accession Number:
1988.260
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 237
Here, the god of war is in his youthful manifestation, with a dagger secured at his waist. He holds a javelin and rooster, the latter associated with speed and aggression. The tail feathers of his peacock are visible behind his feet. The handsome, young god has a Shiva-like chignon and large elliptical earplugs in the Indian manner of the sixth-century Gupta period.
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