Global Art & Artifacts

Architectural Mandala Ankhi Jhyal Handcrafted Window, Nepal

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This is a miniature replica of a famous Mandala window in Katmandu.  It is hand carved by a master craftsman in Nepal.  Such craftsmen have put a massive amount of intricate detail into their work since before The Licchavi Kingdom . . . before 400 CE.  The entire “window” is built and held together by interlocking wood, coming together at different angles.


Mandala:  This is the design at the center of this window.  The mandala is a symbol of the universe in its ideal form, and its creation signifies the transformation of a universe of suffering into one of joy. Often used in meditation, in an attempt to visualize the “perfect self”.


Ankhi Jhyal:  This detailed handicraft is known as Ankhi Jhyal.  Ankhi means “eyes” and Jhyal means “window”.  Old temples and palaces throughout the Nepal have these one-of-a-kind windows.


This particular window was acquired directly from a Nepali businessman who had a spectacular collection.  He said it was created in the mid-1900s.


One-of-a-Kind piece of art for sure.  14” wide x 7” tall




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