Preparatory Drawing for a copper repousse seated image of the Bodhisattva Maitreya

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1950
  • Geography

  • Material

    Black ink, jewelers' rouge, red and black pencil on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 356 × 199 cm (140 3/16 × 78 3/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Kuber Singh Shakya (ca. 1881-1957)
  • Patron

    King of Bhutan
  • Provenance

    Ca. 1950 to 1957
    The artist, Kuber Singh Shakya (ca. 1881-1957), Patan [1]
    From 1957 to 1998
    Rudea Raj Shakya, Patan, by inheritance from his father, Kuber Singh Shakya [2]
    From 1998
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Rudea Raj Shakya and family
    [1] The artist Kuber Singh Shakya made this drawing in preparation for one of the copper repousse he was commissioned to make for the King of Bhutan in the 1950s.
    [2] After the artist, Kuber Singh Shakya's death in 1957 the drawing remained in the home of his family including his son Rudea Raj Shakya. In 1997, when Mary Slusser, a research associate at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery was visiting the home of the artist in Patan, Nepal, she convinced them to donate the drawing to the museum. Paperwork was signed and this drawing was formally accessioned into the Arthur M. Sackler on January 9, 1998.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia (October 14, 2017 to February 6, 2022)
    Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure (October 18, 2003 to January 11, 2004)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Rudea Raj Shakya
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Rudra Raj Shakya and family in memory of his father Kuber Singh Shakya
  • Type

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