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Sculpture Of Nepal

An art form that traces Nepalese culture from its early beginnings right up to modern times is sculpture. As previously mentioned, many carved artifacts have been found in the Terai region of the country, providing an insight into the religion of the country of early times. As with painting, nearly all-Nepalese sculptures are of a religious character. It seems that the artists themselves were greatly imbued with a feeling of religious devotion.

The Golden Age of Nepalese Sculpture
Nepalese sculpture reached its zenith in the Lichchhavi period (AD 330-879). Stone, copper and bronze images from this period show round faces with slanted eyes. A distinguishing feature of Lichchhavi sculptures is their simplicity. The use of clothes and ornaments was quite restrained, many Hindu deities, for example, are shown wearing only a Dhoti (skirt-like lower garment). Buddhist deties were carved to show them wearing long anghatis (a saffron coloured robe that the Buddhist wear hanging from the shoulders). Lichchhavi period sculptures most often used basalt for their work, first chiseling and then smoothing and varnishing, perhaps with iron dust. The limbs of Lichchhavi period idols were so beautifully executed that it is not possible to find one specimen with a chisel mark. Some of the best examples of Lichchhavi art are the image of 'Sleeping Vishnu' in Bhudanilkhantha, located eight kilometers north of Kathmandu and the Vishnu Vikarnta or Dwarf incarnation found near Lazimpat in Kathmandu.


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