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Cosmic Mount Meru
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Cosmic Mount Meru

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Description The setting, with beasts and floating skulls in a desolate landscape, focuses the mind of the meditator (or the initiate in a ceremony) upon mortality, and hence upon the eternal. Within the circle is a view of our world, seen from above (a sacred, imaginary conception, but based upon reality). The four continents are represented by groups of three buildings. India, the southern continent, appears on the left. Between the continents and Mt. Meru are seven concentric oceans and mountain ranges. Mt. Meru rises in the center. One heaven stands on its slopes, a second lies at its summit, and four float above it.
  • 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.
  • Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art. Asia Society, New York. 2010.
  • Visions of the Cosmos. Museum Rietberg, Zürich. 2014-2015.
Provenance Jon Rüs, Atlanta, Georgia [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, 1978 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2008, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2008

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18th century
appliqué and embroidery with silk
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 45 1/2 x W: 27 3/4 in. (115.6 x 70.5 cm); Framed H: 47 3/4 × W: 29 5/8 × D: 1 1/2 in. (121.29 × 75.25 × 3.81 cm)
  • Tibet (Place of Origin)
  • China (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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