Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Marine Deity (Triton or Ichthyocentaur)

Date:
ca. 1st century
Culture:
Pakistan (ancient region Gandhara (Swat Valley?)
Medium:
Serpentinite
Dimensions:
H. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm); W. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
13.96.19
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 235
This sculpture and the Stair Riser with Marine Deities (13.96.21) are part of a set of twenty-one panels that embellished the stairway of a stupa, likely on the western end of the Swat Valley. The treatment of the anatomy of these athletic men is interesting in terms of both the naturalism and schematization of the musculature. The oars they carry and the acanthus leaves that appear to grow out of their bodies suggest that they are marine deities.
[ Colonel M. C. Cooke-Collis , England, ca. 1882 until 1913; sold to MMA ]
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