Skanda upon His Peacock
Granite, South Indian Tamil Nadu Chola Dynasty
Period: 11th-12th centuries C.E.
Height: 126 cm.
God Skanda is the son of Siva who was made ordering as a head of the armies of the gods by Brahma and Indra. He is often called Kumara or Karttikeya. He here is represented in his shape with six heads, sitting on his mounting, is surrounded by a circle of flames.
References: Catalogue Jacques Barrère, Sculptures 2000, September 2000. Source: Ancienne collection C.T. Loo.