Gilt bronze Hindu tantric group

Dated 1814, Nepal

Height: 40 cm, 15.7 inches

This complex tantric group is identified as being Hindu by the two vehicles supporting the base namely the bull and the lion. The bull is the vehicle of Shiva and the lion of Sakti, and the main image depicts the union of Shiva and Sakti of which there are many varieties, this version being unidentified. On the platform above the bull and lion five seated four armed figures form a horizontal line. The main deities stand on two prostrate figures on a double lotus base and a flaming mandala behind. The female Sakti is depicted with twelve arms and six heads the latter on two levels, the male figure with five heads and ten arms all but the front hands holding ritual objects.

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