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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
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 237
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.
[ Art of the Past, Inc. , New York, by 1993, sold to MMA]
New York. Asia Society. "The Arts of Kashmir," October 2, 2007–January 27, 2008.

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