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Temple strut

17th C AD, late Malla period



wood

H 81 x W 16 cm

These 2 temple structures would have served as a strut supporting the overhanging roof in the Hindu temples of the Kathmandu region, Nepal. The first strut may represent Vishnu, he wears the lotus bud and rosary. The second strut may represent Mahesvari or Chamunda, one of the Mother goddesses. She wears a garland of skulls, she has eight arms. She normally wears the following attributes: a drum, a trident, a sword, a snake, skull-mace, thunderbolt, a severed head and drinking vessel or skull-cup filled with blood. She wears a jata mukuta, a headdress formed of piled, matted hair tied with snakes or skull ornaments. Flags stick out of each side of her head, above which are the flowers of the tree or green foliage.

Private Collection New York acquired 1980 Documentation: Art of Nepal, Pal Pratapaditya, 1985, Los Angeles County Museum, p.138

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