Karttikeya, the God of War

India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 237

Here, the god of war sits regally on his vehicle, a peacock, as if enthroned. He displays the rosary (aksamala) favored by his father, Shiva, and, instead of his usual javelin, holds a disk standard seemingly with solar symbolism. This iconography is unprecedented.

Karttikeya, the God of War, Brass with silver inlay, India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir)

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