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Vasudhara


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Description Vasudhara, the Buddhist goddess of wealth and abundance, brings well-being to her devotees and ensures a bountiful harvest. With her two lower hands, she makes the gesture of bestowal and holds an auspicious overflowing vase. Her two middle hands hold a cluster of jewels (on the goddess’s right, or the viewer’s left) and a sheaf of grain. With her upper right hand, she makes the gesture of honoring the Buddha, and in her upper left she holds a manuscript of the "Perfection of Wisdom" text ("Prajnaparamita Sutra"). Vasudhara is not only associated with material well-being, she is also an embodiment of wisdom.
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.
  • Goddess Divine Energy. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. 2006-2007.
Provenance Vajra Arts/Krishna Nathan, New York; purchased by John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, February 27 1979.
Credit Promised gift of John and Berthe Ford

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Creator
Period
16th century
Medium
gilded copper alloy with traces of paint
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
F.156
Measurements
H with base: 9 15/16 × W: 7 1/2 × D: 6 in. (25.2 × 19 × 15.3 cm); H: 8 1/4 × W: 7 1/2 × D: 5 7/8 in. (21 × 19 × 15 cm)
Geographies
  • Nepal (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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