Late Malla Sarasvati

16th century, Nepal, Sarasvati, polychrome wood, gilt copper repoussé accessories, private collection, published by Galerie Zacke, Vienna (Austria).

16th century, Nepal, Sarasvati, wood, gilt copper repoussé+turquoise, private collection, published by Galerie Zacke, Vienna (Austria).

This wooden sculpture with metal accessories depicts Sarasvati with one head and four hands, dressed in tight-fitting garments decorated with paint and cold gold, playing the (missing) vina with her main hands.

16th c., Nepal, Sarasvati, parcel gilt+painted wood+turq., 54,5 cm, vinya missing, Chepu in crown, face, Galerie Zacke, Vienna

She wears a tall gilt copper repoussé crown with a floral and foliate motif and a small Kirtimuka on the front panel, turquoise inlay, side bows and flowing serpentine ribbons. The earlobes are adorned with large circular floral earrings also inlaid with turquoise.

16th c., Nepal, Sarasvati, parcel gilt+painted wood+turq., 54,5 cm, vinya missing, Chepu in crown, upper hands, back, Galerie Zacke, Vienna

She holds a manuscript in her top left hand and the pearl of knowledge in her right hand, displaying the vitarka mudra (debate, teaching).

17th century, Nepal, Sarasvati, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

17th century, Nepal, Sarasvati, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

The above, complete with string instrument, has a rosary in her upper right hand and a manuscript on the other side.

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