While it gives form to a mind-boggling variety of ritual implements as well as deities housed within monasteries, it is an expensive and high-skill material to work with. Nepalese artisans first employed it as ornately carved elements of monastic architecture. Internal building supports, door- and window-frames, the works. In the artisan's hands, wood evolved to give shape to relatively smaller statues of Bodhisattvas and mythological creatures. Gathered here in this exclusive Nepalese wooden sculptures section is a wide range of implements that suit the medium in question, as well as exquisite deity sculptures handpicked for their lifelike perfection and a quality of aesthetics only possible for wood.
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