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Kumara Riding a Peacock

Thakuri period
11th–12th century
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Gilt-copper alloy
H. 5 7/8 in. (15 cm); W. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm); D. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Roger Stoll, 1984
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252
Kumara (“the everlasting youthful son”) is an epithet of Skanda, a son of Shiva and Parvati. He is also synonymous with Karttikeya, the god of war in the Hindu pantheon. Here he is riding the peacock Paravani, a creature renowned for its aggressiveness and speed in combat.
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