Peacock Rider Kartikeya!


Handcrafted and unique sculpture of Kartikeya, the child-god of auspiciousness, conquerer of evil forces. This hand-modelled stoneware (high-firing clay) sculpture comes to life through a long process that includes two firings, the application of glazes and gold paint.

Catalogue Number: KAR 003/2023

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Additional information

Weight .58 kg
Dimensions 11 × 12 × 9 cm
Materials used

Stoneware (high-firing clay); glazes and liquid gold; high-quality crystal stones

Kartikeya is the Hindu god of war. (Planet: Mars.) He is a son of Parvati and Shiva, brother of Ganesha, and a god whose life story has many versions in Hinduism, an important deity in the Indian subcontinent since ancient times, traceable to the Vedic era. Archaeological evidence from 1st-century CE and earlier, where he is found with the Hindu god Agni (fire), suggests that he was a significant deity in early Hinduism. He is found in many medieval temples all over India, such as at the Ellora Caves and Elephanta Caves.

The iconography of Kartikeya varies significantly. He is typically represented as an ever-youthful man, riding or near an Indian Peacock, dressed with weapons, sometimes with a rooster in the flag he holds. Most icons show him with one head, but some show him with six heads reflecting the legend surrounding his birth. He grows up quickly into a philosopher-warrior, destroys evil in the form of the demon Taraka, and teaches the pursuit of ethical life. He has inspired many poet-saints.

Catalogue Number: KAR 003/2023

(Product weights and sizes are approximate. Sizes are in the order of height, width, depth.)