This extremely rare bronze figure of the Shaiva goddess Tripura or Lalita is one of the tantric manifestations of the Great Goddess Mahavidya. She is the focus of a cult that gives the practitioner not only the fulfilment of all desires but also frees him from the chain of birth and rebirth. She is said to be full of love and passion that is suggested by the five arrows and bow in both her primary hands. Both attributes are known from the Hindu god of love, Kama, and symbolize furthermore the mind (bow) and five senses (arrows). The elephant-goad in her upper right hand is unfortunate partly broken.
Another Nepalese example, but placed on an altar, is published by Dr. P. Pal in Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, vol. 2, Art from the Himalayas & China, Norton Simon Art Foundation and Yale University Press, New Haven and London 2003, pl. 65.