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A Strange and Rare Image of Kali

A Strange and Rare Image of Kali

A Strange and Rare Image of Kali

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With a frowning face, an emaciated Kali squats here on a snow lion. Her blood-soaked hair stands upright like the peaks of a castle at the top of which can be seen the crescent moon. She wears a five-crested crown, decorated with five grinning skulls. Flames take the place of her two eyebrows and a third eye stands vertically on her forehead.

Kali's mouth is open in displeasure, displaying the pearl like teeth in grimace. She wears huge kundalas (circular earrings), in her already oversized earlobes. Her form is bony and hideous. An elaborate collar necklace embraces her thin and disproportionately long neck while a lengthy one falls down ending just above the whirlpool that constitutes her navel. A golden girdle encircles her waist, while a short skirt made of human bones clings to her midriff.

This strange and rare image of Kali of merits some discussion. Created in Nepal it displays many characteristics typical to the art of this Himalayan kingdom. These include the depiction of the snow lion (a mythical animal of Tibetan origin) as Kali's mount and also the unmistakably Newari delineation of her anatomical features. The Newars being the principal artistic community of the Kathmandu valley. In addition, iconographically, Kali's squatting posture is reminiscent of another painting in the collection of Exotic India (see the accompanying image)

which shows her in a similar posture identified as the 'birth-giving posture.' Further, Kali's ten arms suggest her identification with Mahakali, or 'The Greater Kali.'

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