Finely cast unusual statue of Hindu god Kartikeya, wearing jewels and a loincloth, standing on a stylised lotus.The right hand of this statue is poised as if holding a staff and the left hand rests on his thigh. He is seen as a mendicant with just a loincloth on. This form of Kartikeya is also called Dandayudhapani (the one who holds staff in hand).Bronze, with nice age patina. India, early 19th century, maybe earlier. Height: 19.3 cm. Very good condition. A rare piece.
NOTE: Kartikeya is the elder son of Shiva and Parvati. He is also known as Skanda, Murugan, Shanmukha, Mahasen and is renowned as the god of war and valour. He is famed for having slayed the evil demon Tarakasura as the chief of the army of the gods.