Kamadeva, the God of Love. India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir). Second half of the 8th century. Though rarely represented in Kashmiri art, Kama, the god of love, is here identified by a wondrous mythical creature (makara), who spews arrows from its jaws. The bow and arrow and a pair of lovebirds are Kamadeva’s principal identifiers. This subject is a rare survivor from early medieval Kashmir.
Linga with one face (Ekamukhalinga), Shahi period, 9th century, Afghanistan Marble This sculpture was made during the short-lived Shahi kingdom (seventh—ninth century) of eastern Afghanistan, which produced a small number of extraordinary sculptures. They were carved in a distinctive white marble and their style derived from sculptural traditions of northern India and Kashmir.