Lord Skanda-Murugan

Note on Karttikeya in ancient Java

by Hayati Soebadio (editor)

"Kārttikeya, god of war, one of the sons of Śiva, was rarely depicted in ancient Java. The early classic statue has the crossed cords normally worn on the chest by young boys and rides Kumara's traditional mount, the peacock. Inscriptions dated between 1082 and 1372 have been found at Padag Lawas, Nomh Numarra among the ruins of ancient Buddhist buildings."

Courtesy: Art of Indonesia: Pusaka from the collections of the National Museum, (Singapore: Periplus editions, 1992) page 75.

Karttikeya sculpture in Java, ca 12th century

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  • 19th Century Bengali Watercolor of Karttikeya
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  • Gallery Two: 1920's - 40's collection
  • Gallery Three: early to late 20th century
  • Gallery Four: 1930-50 lithographs
  • Aru Padai Veedu paintings
  • Paintings of famous temple moolavars