Hindu Bronze Sculptures (NMN) [Photo gallery]
These photos represent Hindu bronze sculptures (dhatu-kala) and are exhibited in the National Museum of Nepal (Kathmandu), also known as the Rashtriya Museum. [...] The fame of the Nepali bronze art reaches all over the world. From the art historian to the general public, everyone is deeply impressed by the bronzes from Nepal. In comparison to the stone art, the history of Nepali bronzes seems to be short as it started only from the 7th century onward. [...] The Nepali bronzes carry the impact of both Saivite and Buddhist Tantric practices.
The rise of the fame of the Pala-Sena School of art in Northern India had an impact on the bronzes of Nepal. But the Nepali artists were able to keep the typical and distinct Nepali features in their bronze works. Here one has to remember very famous Nepali genius Araniko, the artist, architect, bronze-caster and painter, who, at the tender age of 18, was invited by then Emperor Kublai-Khan to China. Araniko accomplished what he was entrusted to do and made a great name as the pioneer in bronze-casting in Tibet and China.
This gallery possesses the magnificent collections of the specimens of the finest bronze art with a variety of iconographic features. During the 17th-18th century A.D., Nepali artists and craftsmen had accomplished a brilliant job in casting the bronzes of Samvara, representing Nirvana or the Supreme Bliss, through the intensive system of meditation.
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