The image of Devi, a goddess, was located at a water fountain in Banepa, about twenty miles east of Kathmandu city (PI. 50). The goddess stood outside in the open, on a wall, with her feet firmly planted on a lotus pedestal. She wore large earrings, armlets and bangles. Her diaphanous garment was secured by a beaded girdle, the end of which was taken back from her left shoulder and shown hanging in decorative pleats.

The figure was treated delicately with slight elongation, which is characteristic of the late medival period. Artists of the Malla period produced a veriety of female divinities, richly endowed with physical grace and beauty as exemplified by this goddes from Banepa. Whether the subject was Parvati, Laksmi. fan or any other female goddess, the same tradition or style of modelling of that period was renderecl. This beautiful Devi of the 14th century from Banepa was stolen in the late 1970’s.


Pratapaditya Pal, The Arts of Nepal, Pt. 1, Sculpture (Leiden/Koln, 1974), Fig. 232. Krishna Deva, Images of Nepal, Archaeological Survey of India (New Delhi, 1984), PI. LXXVIII A.


  • Title : Devi
  • Year : 14th century A.D
  • Classification : Sculpture
  • Medium : Grey limestone
  • Dimension : Ht. about 22 inches
  • Accession No : Stolen in the late 1970's
  • Country/ Geo-location : Banepa, Nepal
  • Collection : Stolen Images of Nepal – Lain S.Bangdel