Because of the similarities between India's Hinduism and Nepal's Buddhism, and the iconographies in question, it is difficult to distinguish between sculptures of the same deity made in Nepal and in India. Certain elements like flowing vines to frame the composition, relatively simple or single-layered pedestals, and taut graceful facial features indicate the Nepalese origin of the Hindu sculptures in this section. Modern-day Nepalese artisans follow older sculptural styles long established in India, and given that the emphasis is on upholding tradition as opposed to establishing an individual style. The Nepalese influences are more discernible in the unconventional-medium sculptures such as wood and signature gilded copper.
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