Panel with Vena on a Chariot

Panel with Vena on a Chariot
Place Made:
India: Uttar Pradesh
5th century
12-3/4 x 19-1/2 x 4-3/4 in. (32.4 x 49.5 x 12.1 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Doris Wiener 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Museum 
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Terracotta plaques such as this fine example were used to adorn brick temples and monuments. In this dramatic composition, perhaps illustrating an episode from the Mahabharatha, the evil titan Vena rides into battle on a horse drawn chariot. The figure by his waist may represent a charioteer.

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