20 March 2008
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.
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