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.
- 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
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