Nepal, Malla king and queen

18th century circa, Nepal, Bhupatindra, brass, at the Art Gallery NSW (Australia).

18th century circa, Nepal, Bhupatindra, brass, at the Art Gallery NSW (Australia).

Bhupatindra, from the Malla dynasty, is kneeling on a single-lotus pedestal, both hands in prayer, his wide almond-shaped eyes gazing at us. Next to him, a Malla queen (no name offered), presumably his wife, sits in a relaxed manner, her hands also in prayer.

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7 thoughts on “Nepal, Malla king and queen

    • It is the only small sculpture of this king that I have come across so far and it is unusual to see them portrayed as devotees rather than seated like buddhas or royalty. Such humility and beauty says much about the Newar culture.

      • Yes, it is unusual because most sets have been split up and their components scattered over the centuries, and because there are few metal sculptures of Nepalese (or Tibetan) kings, let alone their queens. If you find anything similar during your search do let us know! By the way, congratulations again about your blog, you never seem short of interesting things to tell or share!

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