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Celestial Realms: The Art of Nepal from California Collections

ART of NEPALUnknown artist, Vajrapani, Nepal, late 10th - early 11th century. Gilt copper alloy, 8 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. Private Collection, California.OCTOBER 20, 2012  FEBRUARY 10, 2013

The Newar people, who have inhabited Nepal's Kathmandu Valley for centuries, are renowned for their skill as artisans, creating both Buddhist and Hindu sculptures, paintings, and architectural carvings. While Indian art inspired early Newari art, these artists developed a unique style that influenced both Tibetan and Chinese artists. This exhibition explores Newari art through paintings, ritual objects, and stone, wood, and bronze sculptures drawn from private California collections and the collection of the Crocker Art Museum. These 44 diverse works highlight the richness of Nepalese culture. A full-color catalogue featuring an essay by independent scholars Nancy Tingley, Ph.D., and Nutandhar Sharma will accompany the exhibition.

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