1] A LARGE TEMPLE ARCH (TORANA)


Himalayas

1] A LARGE TEMPLE ARCH (TORANA)

GILT COPPER REPOUSSÉ WITH TRACES OF PIGMENTS.

NEPAL

CIRCA 16TH CENTURY

H. 73 CMS, 29 INS

L. 120 CMS, 47 INS

A large and spectacular arched Torana with a makara at either side standing before swirling waters with trunks thrown backwards, with writhing nagas emerging from the ocean to be devoured by the kirtimukha above.

Toranas are typical features of traditional Nepali temple architecture and are situated above a door or window. Similar toranas can be seen at the Changu Narayan temple in Nepal. For a related torana see fig.65 in M. Ghose (ed.), Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry and Ritual Objects from the Barbara and David Kipper Collection, Chicago, 2016.

Provenance: Private Spanish collection. Acquired by the present owner in London in the 1980s.