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Himalayan Art Online / PANNEAU REPRESENTANT UNE DEESSE MERE EN ALLIAGE DE CUIVRE DORE REPOUSSE NEPAL, XVI/XVIIE SIECLE
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A GILT COPPER ALLOY REPOUSSÉ PANEL OF A MOTHER GODDESS
NEPAL, 16TH/17TH CENTURY
Seated on prone corpse, this figure possibly depicts Chamundi, one of the Mother Goddesses (matrikas) popularly worshipped in Nepal. Though Chamundi is usually depicted emaciated and not quite as cheerful, Nepalese artists and patrons frequently chose to represent wrathful deities with more benign demeanors and well-nourished physiques.
Stylistically, the plaque stems from the Late Malla period (1482–1768 CE), displaying a comparable treatment of its flaming aureole as a 16th-/17th-century repoussé sculpture of Lokeshvara in the Rubin Museum of Art, New York (C2003.46.2; HAR 65289). A pair of very similar plaques, formerly in The Virginia House Museum, Richmond, were offered by Christie's, New York, 11 September 2019, lot 369. Two further related plaques of Ganesha from the same period are published in Neven, Etudes d'art lamaïque et de l'Himalaya, Brussels, 1978, nos.149 & 150. Another is in the Art Institute of Chicago (2008.701), attributed to the 16th/17th century.
Private European Collection assembled in the 1960s and 1970s