Asian Tribal Art - Arjuna, India

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The Mighty Warrior Arjuna
Lost wax cast bronze
3 1/2" (8.9 cm) high
18th century

Arjuna’s name means ‘shining’ or ‘famous like silver.’ His character is described as one whose mind is spotless and clean of all impurities. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna refers to Arjuna as Anagha, which means pure of heart or sinless. Arjuna's nobility is manifested in his magnanimity in victory and compassion towards adversaries and he was chosen by Krishna to be his dearest friend and disciple. He is shown here in anjali-hasta, a mudra that indicates worship, one of the only two important gods ever seen in this position (the other being Lord Hanuman). He carries a quiver with arrows on his back and his bow is missing the upper tip. His short striped dhoti, embellished sash and incised crown are delicately modeled, and he sports jewelry on wrists, ankles, upper arms and neck.


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