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7th - 8th Century AD
Size: 24cm high, 19cm wide, 14.5cm deep - 9½ ins high, 7½ ins wide, 5¾ ins deep
31.5cm high - 12½ ins high (with base)
With Spinks, London, mid 1980's
Ex Private collection
The Hindu demi-god ‘Kinnara’ was a popular image in early Indian sacred art. A celestial musician and paradigmatic lover he is portrayed as half-human, half-bird or swan or half-horse. He is said to be from one of the exotic tribes of ancient India who were inhabitants of the Himalayan mountains.