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Item stolen:
Carved wooden tympanum, 16th c.
Date of theft:
Early 1997
Height: 2'- 5"
Length: 3'- 10"
On the top, under an umbrella (chatra) is Vishnu depicted, mounting Garuda. Garuda is holding a snake in every foot. At his right side is the king of the snakes, on his left side the queen of the snakes depicted. At the right and left sides of Garuda and the snakes are at each side two unidentified deities. Below Garuda is the main deity situated, Rudrayani, dancing on a bull. At her right side is Ganesh, mounting on a mouse, at her left side Kumara, mounting on a peacock. At his right side Nandi, at his left side Bhringi, two retinues of Lord Siva, dancing and playing the drum (mrdanga). At the very right and very left of the tympanum one can see a "Makara", crocodile, with a person in the open mouth, respectively.
Principal façade, above main door
Building Date:
16th c.
During the second half of the 17th century, most probably under the rule of King Srinivasa Malla (1661-1684) one branch of the Rajopadhya, the Newar Brahmans to the court, established this agache or esoteric shrine house. This esoteric shrine building stands adjacent to 13th century Ratnesvara resthouse. Part of the agache structure was demolished in 1996. In: The Sulima Strut. East meets West in the Restoration of a Nepalese Pagoda. Eds.: Niels Gutschow, Erich Theophile. Forthcoming, 2001 Weatherhill Publishers, p. 107
"The entrance has a carved torana with a figure of Nritesvara." In: Kathmandu Valley. The Preservation of Physical Environment and Cultural Heritage. Protective Inventory. Vol.2. Kathmandu: 1975, p.148

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