About this object

A copper gilt and jarao work figure of Durga with eighteen arms. She lunges to the right with her feet on an enemy of Hinduism (dressed in armour) and on her vehicle the lion, who in appearance looks like a seng ge or lion-dog guardian made by the Newari community. Her face, arms and stomach are created from coral inlays, the face of the enemy fitted with carved amber and the lion and lotus base are fitted with turquoise and possibly jade and agate stones. There is an aperture at the base which suggests the figure fitted into a larger group that was meant to be seen from the front only, as the back has no detail.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Hindu; Nepalese
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Nepal: Kathmandu
  • Date made
    18th Century
  • Materials
    Copper Alloy; Metal Gilt; Turquoise; Stone; Coral; Amber
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    John S M Ward
  • Place collected
    Asia: South Eastern Asia: Myanmar (Burma); Asia: Southern Asia: India
  • Date collected
    1914 - 1916
  • Measurements
    135 mm x 95 mm x 15 mm
  • Note
    Identified as Yama in Tibet catalogue 1953.
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre ( Owner); John S M Ward ( Collector)

Explore related


  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

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