Lion face Kirtimukha woodcarving art from Nepal
A small shrine
Medallion of the lion-faced Kirtimukha
Stepped shrine from the back wall of a
stepped well at the Bhuvaneśvari temple in
Deopatan, not far from the Pasupatināäth temple,
tentatively dated to the first half of the 18th century.
Century dated. In the upper part
medallion depicts the lion-faced
Kirtimukha can be seen in a medallion, spouting lotus leaves as a
symbol of water. The medallion
is framed by a pair of horned dragons
dragons, their heads pointing towards the center.
The multifaceted frame is full of
lotus motifs. The lower base shows a guardian in the
a guardian in the center, again framed
by a pair of dragons, whose hindquarters
dissolve into lotus coils. Dragons
are aquatic hybrid creatures, lotus also indicates water.
indicates water. It is therefore about
Reduced version, 33 cm x 33 cm, 4 kg 2011