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Himalayan Art Online / PLAQUE DE BHAIRAVA ET BHAIRAVI EN ALLIAGE DE CUIVRE DORE REPOUSSE NEPAL, CIRCA XVIIE SIECLE
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A GILT COPPER ALLOY REPOUSSÉ PLAQUE OF BHAIRAVA AND BHAIRAVI
NEPAL, CIRCA 17TH CENTURY
This fine plaque's subject plays on the popular representations of Umamaheshvara, depicting both Shiva and Uma in their wrathful manifestations seated on a prone corpse, but otherwise the picture of marital bliss.
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