Mahalaxmi by Udaya Charan Shrestha


This work by Nepal’s contemporary religious master artist Udaya Charan Shrestha is named Mahalaxmi, meaning ‘the great Laxmi.' It depicts the goddess Mahalaxmi, the eighth mother goddess, Asta Matrika, in Nepalese Hinduism. She emerges from a lotus in a churning sea, holding Newar ornaments against blazing flames. Mahalaxmi is in the permanent collection of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan. This stunning paubha highlights Udaya’s style through its intricate detail, contemporary sensuality and creative originality.

This original thangka, or paubha in Nepal, is painted in the traditional manner with a twist. Rather than paint with ground mineral pigments, Udaya paints primarily with oil paint on primed cotton canvas. He is a master of detail as can be seen in the incredible jewelry, ornaments and beautiful face. A painting of this size will take several months to compose, sketch and complete.

As the original painting has sold, Mahakala Fine Arts has produced a Collector's Edition print so that you can collect this museum quality work of art. This piece is limited to 100 prints and can only be found at Mahakala Fine Arts. It is printed on thick archival paper in the same quality used by top museums worldwide.

With your 75 cm (29.5 inch) print you will receive an authentication card, numbered and signed by the artist.

Mahakala Fine Arts donates a portion of all print sales to social programs in the Himalaya. Please join us!

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