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    Karttikeya, Commander of the Divine Army, Seated on a Peacock

    Gray statue with multiple heads and arms seated on Peacock
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    • Gray statue with multiple heads and arms seated on Peacock

    Date:

    Ganga Period, about 12th century

    Artist:

    India
    Andhra Pradesh, Madanapalle

    About this artwork

    Karttikeya, the god of war, is known by various names, including Skanda, Kumara, and Shanmukha, as well as Murugan in southern India, where he is very popular. This monumental basalt sculpture is probably from the Madanapalle region of Andhra Pradesh. Carved in the round and riding a peacock, the commander of the gods is shown with six heads (shanmukha) and twelve arms, ten of which hold weapons aloft. Multiple arms and heads of Hindu deities usually denote their super-human power. According to legend, Karttikeya was born from the spilt seed of the Hindu divinity Shiva. He developed his six heads in order to nurse from his six mothers, the Pleiades (or Krittikas—hence his name, Karttikeya), a constellation of stars. The complex accounts of his miraculous birth and heroic exploits indicate that his character combines several streams of folk belief.

    On View

    Arts of Asia, Gallery 141

    Title

    Karttikeya, Commander of the Divine Army, Seated on a Peacock

    Origin

    Andhra Pradesh

    Date

    Made 1101–1200

    Medium

    Basalt

    Dimensions

    150.5 × 121 × 39 cm (59 1/16 × 47 5/8 × 15 3/8 in.)

    Credit Line

    Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvain S. Wyler

    Reference Number

    1962.203

    Extended information about this artwork

    Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

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