Marine Deity (Triton or Ichthyocentaur)

Pakistan (ancient region Gandhara (Swat Valley?)

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.

Marine Deity (Triton or Ichthyocentaur), Serpentinite, Pakistan (ancient region Gandhara (Swat Valley?)

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