roof strut with Indrani

carved wood
Nepal, 16th-17th cent.
high: 94 cm.

Depicted is Indrani, the shakti of Indra, and one of the Saptamatrikas (the `Seven Mothers’). This group of female counterparts of the main Hindu-deities was very popular in the Kathmandu-valley.
She is holding the vajra, has the typical crown of Indra and has a horizontal third-eye; below her is her mount, the elephant.

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