Miniature sculpture of Kartikeya or noble man
Title Miniature sculpture of Kartikeya or noble man
Accession Number gbso-reg-0002
Museum Name Archaeological Survey of India, NagarjunaKonda
Gallery Name Reserve Collection - 02
Object Type Bronze object
Main Material Bronze
Provenance Nagarjunakonda valley, Guntur district, Andhra pradesh
Find Place N VIII, Nagarjunakonda valley, Guntur district, Andhra pradesh
Patron/Dynasty Ikshvakus
Period / Year of Work C. 3rd/4th century CE
Dimensions 8.6 cm x 4.9 cm x 1.6 cm
Detailed Description Bronze statuette of a male figur, possibly anarcher, standing on a flat rectangular pedestal in a slightly bent graceful pose (dvibhanga); one leg slightly stepped forward, draped lower part diaphanous, folded waist cloth hanging from the hips forming a loop in front, upper part bare, turbaned and crested head-gear, ear-pendents resting on the shoulders, double wristlets on both the hands, raised left hand holding the tip of a bow, other end touches the left foot, akimbo right hand holds an arrow possibly tucked across the waist band; two hands, bow and the pedestal separately cast and soldered, the face is full of expression with wide open eyes, and a slightly bent down head speak of a thoughtful mood, difficult to identify it with any deity in the absence of any attribute or vehicle; the poise and mood are, however, typical of the figures on sculptures of Nagarjunakonda. From Sector N VIII, Site 121 (Pillared-mandapa near Pushpabhadrasvami temple) Ikshavaku level.
Brief Description Standing image of a human being holding a staff in left hand and a short stick in the right. The turban over his head contains a plume in the central region of the fore head indicating the possibility of nobility either by birth or by profession. The right foot extended slightly in to the fore ground indicates the "Alidha" Posture of an archer; the plain rectangular thin base devoid of ornamentation almost preludes the possibility that it represents a god; The suggestion that it represents "kartikeya" the war-god, is unconvincing for the above and other minor reasons; The figure presumably represents a noble or a prince wielding the bow and arrow. Solid bronze cast tending towards a miniature.