Pandava Hero (?)
c. 956
Asia: India, Rajasthan
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Indian heroes are often identified by the presence of bows and arrows—symbols of valor and military skill. This monumental figure cradles the fragment of a bow under his left arm; a quiver of arrows is visible behind his shoulder. His right hand probably once held an arrow. The figure most likely represents one of the Pandava brothers, heroes of the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata.


  • Title: Pandava Hero (?)
  • Date: c. 956
  • Medium: Sandstone
  • Dimensions: overall: 82-1/2 x 24 x 15 in. (209.6 x 61 x 38.1 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
  • Accession Number: F.1976.07.S
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

  • Knoke, Christine, Arts of Asia, p. 64
  • Dye III, Joseph M., Asian Art: Selections from the Norton Simon Museum, 1988, fig. 13 p. 31
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 1: Art from the Indian Subcontinent, 2003, no. 109 pp. 150-151
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1161 p. 378
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1162 p. 378
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