Karttikeya, the God of War
- 6th–7th century
- Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
- H. 6 3/16 in. (15.7 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1988
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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.