Jewelry from Nepal: Individual Pieces

The Kirtimukha (Chepu in Newari) is a protective creature. He is a frequent motif in the crowns of deities. Here he is depicted in this early suta from the Kathmandu Valley. This suta is the oldest piece in this collection of Nepalese jewelry and is likely at least 300 years old.

Sutas were used to adorn statues of deities and performers portraying deities in dances.

Traces of gilt remain on this piece of gilt copper repousse. It measures 7-1/2 inches wide and 5-1/2 inches top to bottom.

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gilt copper suta, Kathmandu valley, Nepal

gilt copper suta, Kathmandu valley, Nepal

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