G707.3] REPOUSSÉ COPPER ALLOY MASK DEPICTING CHAMUNDA


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G707.3] REPOUSSÉ COPPER ALLOY MASK DEPICTING CHAMUNDA

NEPAL

15TH –16TH CENTURY                                                                                             

H. 17 CMS, 6 ¾ INS

A repoussé copper alloy mask depicting Chamunda, with bulging eyes and a fierce expression beneath a large urna, adorned with a necklace, heavy earrings and a diadem of skulls, extensive traces of gilding on the surface.                                       

For a related example in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, please see the following link:

Goddess Chamunda | Nepal | The Metropolitan Museum of Art (metmuseum.org)

According to the description of the Metropolitan example:

‘Chamunda is conceived as a terrifying aspect of Durga, symbolizing delusion and death. Such repoussé “masks” were intended for use in the creation of lifelike effigies of the gods; the metal face was affixed to a carrying frame and the figures were dressed in cloth. These images were for processional use, as seen in related practices in the Hindu communities of Himachal Pradesh and elsewhere, where image palanquins of this type are carried by devotees during festivals.’

Provenance: Private German collection.