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Plaque with Local Deity Ghantakarna and Spouse

A work made of gilt bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gilt bronze.

Date:

c. 1600

Artist:

Nepal
Kathmandu Valley

About this artwork

This small plaque, meant for a miniature shrine, most likely in the home, portrays Ghantakarna (“Bell-Eared”), a folk deity who became a manifestation or a companion of Kumara, the God of War. Like Kumara, Ghantakarna is seated on his vehicle, the peacock, while his spouse sits on his knee, supported by her vehicle, a crouching man. He holds various attributes in three of his arms: peacock feathers, a rooster, and a serpent. His fourth arm makes the gesture of reassurance. This folk deity, popular in the Kathmandu Valley, is worshipped for protecting cattle and warding off small-pox.

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Arts of Asia

Title

Plaque with Local Deity Ghantakarna and Spouse

Origin

Kathmandu Valley

Date

1599–1699

Medium

Gilt bronze

Dimensions

7.3 × 5.4 × 1.3 cm (2 7/8 × 2 1/8 × 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Marilynn B. Alsdorf

Reference Number

2014.1050

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