Description This wood carving was once used as a strut to support the overhanging eave of a structure. Such struts with figures, usually of deities, are a characteristic feature of the wood-and-brick architecture in the Kathmandu Valley and beyond. The struts are usually brightly polychromed, as this piece was once. Those that remain are much admired for their rich, colorful carvings, which contribute enormously to the aesthetic appeal of Newar architecture.
- Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance Mark Shatin, Los Angels [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, May 1970, by purchase
Credit Promised gift of John and Berthe Ford
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