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Yantra

Yantra

  • Place of origin:

    Nepal (made)

  • Date:

    18th century-19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Oppi Untracht

  • Museum number:

    IS.35-2009

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Yantras are ritual diagrams which are used to evoke and worship Hindu or Buddhist deities or to allow yogic mediatational practices to be carried out. The concept of the yantra is similar to that of the mandala with a square outer perimeter "guarding" a series of inner circles culminating in the innermost circle, the point of final concentration during meditation.

Physical description

This square three-dimensional yantra is decorated with superimposed geometrical patterns including squares, triangles and circles, some of which are inscribed with Newari text. At the centre of the yantra is a six-pointed star with a triangle in its centre. The star is encircled by two tiers of lotus petals.

Place of Origin

Nepal (made)

Date

18th century-19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Copper

Dimensions

Length: 9 cm, Width: 9 cm

Object history note

Formerly in the collection of Oppi Untracht and acquired by him whilst living in Nepal from 1963-67.

Descriptive line

Yantra, Nepal, 18th-19th century

Materials

Copper

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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