In Nepal, the initiation of stone art is believed to be the result of artistic experimentation. During the reign of the Licchavi King Vrishdeva, the great grandfather of King Manadeva, a farmer named Balbala made a self-portrait in stone for the first time. He soon gained recognition in the community due to his innovative experimentation in this new field and ended up as the founder of stone sculpting in the country.
For those with an eye for detail, stone images are abundant in Nepal. Beneath the water taps, around temples and stupas and along ancient and modern streets alike, there are images of lions and griffins, detailed and obscured gods that date back centuries and those that have been set there recently by the faithful, seeking a connection with the immortal. The history of Nepal has been told in stone.