Nepal, early Malla Nrtyadevi

Mid 15th century, Nepal, Kathmandu Valley, Nrtyadevi, wood and pigments, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA).

Mid 15th century, Nepal, Kathmandu Valley, Nrtyadevi, wood and pigments, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA).

Nrtyadevi, the goddess of dance, wears a long lower garment adorned with a sash decorated with a floral motif, the extremities forming a raining jewel design that matches the pendant of her very ornate belt. Her tight-fitting bodice is richly decorated with floral medallions. She wears a beaded tiara, large round earrings, three necklaces, armbands, big stripy bracelets, plain anklets.

16th century (or mid-15th ?), Nepal, Nrtyadevi, wood and pigments, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

16th century (or mid-15th ?), Nepal, Kathmandu Valley, Nrtyadevi, wood and pigments, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

Almost certainly contemporary to the previous work, this similar image depicts her on a lower double-lotus base, with the same conical chignon, hair adornment, circular earrings and stripy bracelets, three necklaces but no armbands. The bodice is also decorated with medallions and the lower garment has similar black and cream stripes. The sash appears to form a loop under the belt on each side of her waist, a feature associated with the early Malla period.

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