Fragment from the Backplate of an Icon
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Gilt copper alloy
5 x 2 7/16 in. (12.7 x 6.2 cm)
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987
This openwork panel depicts a mélange of fantastic animals riotously placed in foliage, one upon the other: an elephant on a rocky mountain, a lion standing on his back, above a rhinoceros-like creature with bull’s head, ridden by a demigod. The beaded strapwork frame has a makara, a fantastic sea creature, as its terminal.
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