Kamadeva, the God of Love
- second half of the 8th century
- India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir)
- H. 14 5/8 in. (37.2 cm); W. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm); D. 11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, 1993
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Though rarely represented in Kashmiri art, Kama, the god of love, is here identified by a wondrous mythical creature (makara), who spews arrows from its jaws. The bow and arrow and a pair of lovebirds are Kamadeva’s principal identifiers. This subject is a rare survivor from early medieval Kashmir.