Nepal Wood Sculptures (NMN) [Photo gallery]
These photos represent Hindu wood sculptures (kastha-kala), both Hindu and Buddhist, and are exhibited in the National Museum of Nepal (Kathmandu), also known as the Rashtriya Museum. [...] Nepali wood art has gained special position in the history of Nepali art. The Nepali artists, who were able to demonstrate their outstanding skill in creating beautiful stone art, could definitely carve in the comparably soft and pliable wooden material. But the specimens of very ancient wood arts are not available today because they can not last long and start decaying after some time. Yet the magnificent wooden art of medieval period are preserved in museums and shrines and have been a source of pride for Nepal.
During medieval period, the Nepali artists touched the height of glory in Nepali wood art. Apart from the wooden images, very beautiful and superb artistic skills are found largely in the temples, vihanas and palaces of medieval Nepal. The window, the tympanum and the struts used in the temples and found around the Kathmandu Valley present excellent and attractive examples of wood art. The visitors remain spellbound while looking at the medieval wood art of Nepal.
The wooden art gallery preserves the artistic pieces of wood art from the time of 15th century A.D. This galley displays the wood art of both religious and secular themes. [...] The Nepali art historians opine that the Nepali wood art is par excellence and not comparable to any country all over the world.
Gallery: 40 images
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