Christine de Schaetzen
Himalayan Art Online / PANNEAU DE KUMARI EN ALLIAGE DE CUIVRE DORE REPOUSSE NEPAL, XVI/XVIIE SIECLE
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A GILT COPPER ALLOY REPOUSSÉ PANEL OF KUMARI
NEPAL, 16TH/17TH CENTURY
Seated on peacock, Kumari represents the source (shakti) of the Hindu god Kumara's power (a.k.a. Skanda or Kartikeya). She is popularly worshipped in Nepal as part of a group of Mother Goddesses (maitrikas), joining several others in this sale. A similar representation can be seen in the side registers of a Nepalese painting with nine matrikas in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2018.750).
Another plaque of Kumari of the same style and period was formerly in The Virginia House Museum, Richmond, and offered by Christie's, New York, 11 September 2019, lot 369. Stylistically, these plaques stem from the Late Malla period (1482–1768 CE), displaying a comparable treatment of thier flaming aureole to a 16th-/17th-century repoussé sculpture of Lokeshvara in the Rubin Museum of Art, New York (C2003.46.2; HAR 65289).
Private European Collection assembled in the 1960s and 1970s