Kartarimukhahasta, aka: Kartarimukha-hasta, Kartarīmukhahasta; 1 Definition(s)

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Kartarīmukhahasta (कर्तरीमुखहस्त) or simply Kartarīmukha refers to “scissors-like” and represents one of the twenty-four gestures with a single hand, as defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—Accordingly, pratimā-lakṣaṇa (body postures of the icons) is comprised of hand gestures (hasta, mudrā or kai-amaiti), stances/poses (āsanas) and inflexions of the body (bhaṅgas). There are thirty-two types of hands [viz., kartarīmukhahasta] classified into two major groups known as tolirkai (functional and expressive gestures) and elirkai (graceful posture of the hand).

(Description of Kartarīmukha-hasta): This mudrā is formed with the thumb and ring finger together and curved inward into the palm, the little finger either held erect or bent slightly, the middle and index fingers held vertically upward with the middle finger leaning forward a little and the forefinger held back from it to indicate the open scissors’ effect.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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