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    Sale 2112

    The Scholar's Vision: The Pal Family Collection

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 426

    A ritual conch shell

    NEPAL, 17TH CENTURY

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    Estimate

    A ritual conch shell
    Nepal, 17th century
    Carved with the yantra of a tantric goddess and the owner's name, twice, in Nagari and Newari scripts
    6½ in. (16.4 cm.) wide


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    The inscriptions identify this as the personal conch shell of King Pratapmalla of Kathmandu (r. 1641-74) who was a great Tantric practioner, and an innovative king particularly interested in various scripts.