[The Hindu god Murugan.] Carticeya.
Engraving. 185 x 150mm (7¼ x 6").
A representation of the Hindu war god Murugan, son of Shiva and Parvati, brother of Ganesha (the elephant-headed god). The name is given here is his Bengali name, 'Kartikeya' ('son of Krittika', the six sisters who raised him, Krittika being the Sanskrit name for the Pleiades cluster of stars), with the Sanskrit name underneath. He is shown as a six-headed man, with multiple arms each holding a different weapon, sitting astride a peacock. He is particularly important to the Tamils, who call him 'Thamizh Kadavul' (God of Tamils).
[Ref: 33712] £160.00