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Attendant Goddess

Artist/maker unknown, Nepalese

Made in Nepal, Asia

c. Late 15th - 16th century

Mercury-gilded copper alloy with turquoise and garnet (?)

4 3/4 × 3 1/4 × 2 3/4 inches (12.1 × 8.3 × 7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Natacha Rambova, 1962

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This statue wears floral disk earrings, a V-shaped necklace, ornate armlets, plain bracelets, a knotted and beaded waistband, and a foliate-trimmed skirt-all elements of Malla period high fashion. Because this statue lacks additional identifying markers, and because Nepalese workshops produced similarly styled works for both Hindu and Buddhist patrons, it cannot be determined if this is a Hindu or Buddhist goddess. Judging from her angled seated posture, she was most likely created as an attendant to a male figure. The pierced flaps at her shoulders indicate another metal piece, possibly a halo, was originally attached.