Hugo E. Kreijger, Kathmandu Valley Painting, The Jucker Collection, Boston, 1999, p. 34, no. 4.
This exceptional Nepalese mandala painting has much in common with the Newari style of the celebrated Yuan (1279-1368) kesi mandalas, see Watt and Wardwell, 1997, pp. 101-3, no. 26, a Tibetan Hevajra mandala from a private Swiss collection, see Pal, 2003, p. 200, pl. 130, and the superb series of late fourteenth century Tibetan Sakya mandalas see Heller, 2004, pp. 69-73, thus demonstrating the extended influence of the Newari artistic tradition epitomised in this paubha. The painting remains one of the finest Nepalese mandalas of the period. Compare elements in this painting, such as crowns and jewelry and chariot design, with those of a 14th century Surya mandala in the Zimmerman Family Collection; see Pal, 1991, p. 70, no. 33. Chandra mandala paintings were especially popular in Nepal in this period, being commissioned at important and auspicious moments in the lives of both Buddhist and Hindu patrons. For another Chandra mandala in the Zimmerman Family Collection, see ibid, pp. 72-3, no. 35, and others in the Jucker Collection, see lots 5 and 13 below.
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