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Nrityadevi, Goddess of Dance
Probably one of a pair of attendants to a deity

Artist/maker unknown, Nepalese

Probably made in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Asia

Mid- 15th century

Wood with pigment

43 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 9 inches (110.5 x 31.8 x 22.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

* Gallery 325, Asian Art, third floor (Imasogie Gallery)

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Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Purchased with the Stella Kramrisch Fund, 2000

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Nrtyadevi, Goddess of Dance, stands in a classic Nepalese dance posture-legs crossed, torso swaying, hands poised in graceful, reassuring gestures. Her costume displays some of the hallmarks of Malla fashion. Densely patterned floral medallions cover her form-fitting shirt, while a striped skirt clings to her legs. Draped across her thighs is a flowery sash, and three pendants that appear frozen in mid-swing hang from her waistband. A beaded headdress supports her heavy disk-and-peacock earrings. Ornate bead and link necklaces, bracelets, armlets, and anklets complete her outfit. Such textiles and jewelry reflect the wealth accumulated in Nepal from trade between Tibet and India during the Malla period.

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