Nepal, 18th-19th century
height: 12 cm
This elegant and unusual bronze shows a
pujadevi or female devotee in a half-seated, half-kneeling posture. She is plainly attired in a waist cloth engraved with floral motifs, and wears jewellery that includes hoop earrings, upper arm bands and a prominent pendant necklace. Her hair is pulled to the back of her head and tied in a loose, unadorned bun.
pujadevi of similar size and form is in the collection of and currently on display in the Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale, Rome, Italy. It is ascribed to the 17th-18th century.
Inventory no.: 184