Kumara Riding a Peacock

Period:
Thakuri period
Date:
11th–12th century
Culture:
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Medium:
Gilt-copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 5 7/8 in. (15 cm); W. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm); D. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Roger Stoll, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.494.3
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.
Dr. and Mrs. Roger Stoll , Boca Raton, FL (until 1984; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.