Indian and Himalayan Art
Nrtyadevi, Goddess of DanceProbably made in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Asia
Malla Dynasty (1200-1769), Mid- 15th century
Artist/maker unknown, Nepalese
Wood with polychrome decoration
Currently not on view
2000-7-4125th Anniversary Acquisition. Purchased with the Stella Kramrisch Fund, 2000
LabelNrtyadevi, 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.