Head of a Peacock – Part of Mayura Vahana

Unknown artist

  • Date: c. 1920
  • Dimensions: H: 81 cm, W: 40 cm
  • Medium: Painted wood
  • Region: Tamil Nadu
  • Museum number: PMA.00140

Decorated head of a peacock, part of Mayura Vahana. These type of idols were used as Vahanas: for carrying temple deities during ritual processions.

In Hindu mythological traditions, a variety of gods have specific animals that play the roles of their Vahanas or mounts; a peacock is the Vahana of Lord Kartikeya.

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