G702 A REDDISH-BUFF SANDSTONE FIGURE OF SKANDA-KARTIKEYA
WESTERN INDIA, RAJASTHAN OR GUJURAT
8TH – 9TH CENTURY
H 32 CMS, 12 ½ INS
MOUNTED ON AN OLD HARDWOOD PLINTH
A reddish-buff figure of Skanda-Kartikeya, the Hindu god of war, standing in a heroic frontal pose, wielding his spear and with his peacock beside him, adorned with extensive jewellery including basubands, a heavy necklace, large earrings and a diadem, a flamed circular nimbus behind.
Skanda, also known as Kartikeya or Kumara, is the Hindu god of war and elder son of Parvati and Shiva. He is also elder brother to Ganesha.
The well-known ceiling slab with eight figures in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford is closely related to this sculpture- see front cover and no. 32 in in J. C. Harle and A. Topsfield, Indian Art in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1987. For a slightly earlier example of Skanda in the LA County Museum, see cat. S142 in P. Pal, Indian Sculpture, Vol. 1, Los Angeles, Berkeley and London: Los Angeles County Museum of Art in association with University of California Press, 1986.
Provenance: From an old UK West Country collection. The elderly collector, recently deceased, travelled extensively in the Far East. His grandson inherited the collection.