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Patan Museum: The Transformation of a Royal Palace
captions by Mary Slusser
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The museum's exhibits cover a long span of Nepal's cultural history and some rare objects are among its treasures. Their meaning and context within the living traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism are explained in extensive labels. Most of the objects are cast bronzes and gilt copper repousse work, traditional crafts for which Patan is famous.
From existing national collections comprising more than 1500 objects some 200 were selected for permanent exhibition and augmented with a few recent donations. The majority of exhibits are sculptures of Hindu and Buddhist deities which were created in the Kathmandu Valley, many in the nearby workshops of Patan itself. Others originated in India, Tibet, and the western Himalayas. They are accompanied by written commentary by Mary Slusser that attempts to explain their spiritual and art historical significance as part of the cultural heritage of Nepal. The exhibits are also designed to assist in interpreting the living culture that lies beyond the museum's walls. To view the images below full-screen with caption, please click on the image.