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Itty Bitty Godly Violent Artwork

I would need a lot of Valium for the patience to carve these things

This detail of a carving above a doorway in the palace of the Kumari Devi in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is probably less than 12 inches high and is one of lots. And I mean lots. And lots is a big number, so don’t go scoffing.

It can be a peaceful courtyard at the right hour, with only the sounds of people bickering somewhere, the occasional hotel-lobby-sounding temple bell, and just faintly enough to make you think you’re going crazy, Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River.” Oh that Kumari.

Throughout the Newari architectural sites you find details that are easily lost solely because of their sheer volume (well, and the fact that some have been worn down to misshapen moulds by rain and touch). I’d like to take a solid day to just look at the wee things and photograph them but something tells me I’d get distracted relatively quickly. Like wandering through any great museum, fatigue sets in quicker than you’d think and things either begin to look the same or your brain just gets full. I tend to think my brain runs relatively efficiently, but the tank isn’t so big so it can sometimes get full in a flash.

Below are a couple of images from details around doorways and windows of the 17th Century Hanuman Dhoka / Royal Palace in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square.

doorway beams
If I get caught in an earthquake in Kathmandu, I'm going to hide in the doorway supported by these glorious beams. And then of course be crushed.
hanuman dhoka windows
This is from where they watch you. They're always watching you. They think I don't know. Please.

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