Wednesday 12 June 2013

Read: 'Pandava'

I'd not previously thought about it, but I belatedly learn from an Indian newspaper article that the correct term for what the Metropolitan Museum labelled "kneeling attendants" is in fact "Pandava". The latter term is preferable not only because it identifies the depicted individual more precisely, but places them in the context of the other figures which were looted from the same group of sculptures. The figures came from a scene representing the final battle between Duryodhana and Bhima in the Kurukshetra War. There were five (or six) Pandavas. Should we not be looking for at least three other similar detached figures, somewhere?

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