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Celestial Being (Kinnari)

13th–14th century

Gilt bronze

10 1/2 × 8 1/2 × 2 1/4 in. (26.7 × 21.6 × 5.7 cm)
Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon, B.A. 1962
2020.8.1
Kinnari—female celestial beings that are half-human, half-bird—guard the human realm in both Buddhist and Hindu traditions.
Geography: 
Tibet, Central region
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Tibetan
Period: 
13th–14th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Compagnie de la Chine et des Indes, Paris; purchased by Michael de Havenon, New York, 2002; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2019

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.