Results 1 308
169 Previous Next

Mandala of Vasudhara
Explore Object
Creative Commons License

Mandala of Vasudhara


Description Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description The Buddhist goddess Vasudhara bestows wealth and prosperity, and in Nepal she is worshiped as goddess of the harvest. During her festival each autumn, devotees commission mandalas like this one, with Vasudhara at the center surrounded by other deities, Buddhas, and bodhisattvas with whom she is associated. Golden in color, the six-armed Vasudhara holds clusters of grain and gems—two sources of wealth—in her two middle hands; she also holds a vase of abundance and a book, and makes the gestures of generosity (with her lower right hand) and praising the Buddha (with her upper right hand). Divinities known as "yakshas" perched above her throne carry platters with gems and pour streams of riches from large bags, motifs seen throughout the mandala.
Exhibitions
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance Ian Alsop, New York and Santa Fe [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, October 31, 1986, by purchase.
Credit Promised gift of John and Berthe Ford

Download Image Add to Collection Creative Commons License

Creator
Period
early 15th century
Medium
opaque watercolor on cotton
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
F.143
Measurements
Framed H: 44 × W: 28 3/8 × D: 2 5/8 in. (111.8 × 72 × 6.6 cm)
Geographies
  • Nepal (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

Tags


    Thumbnail: Mandala of Vasudhara
    Zoom Out Zoom In Back to Details  
    Full Size: Mandala of Vasudhara