Tibet, Vasudhara

14th-15th century, Tibet, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones

14th-15th century, Central Tibet, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones and coral. Private collection.

Particularly revered in Nepal, Vasudhara is associated with wealth and harvest, hence the sheaf of grain she holds in one of her left hands. The others hold a manuscript on a lotus flower and a long-life vase. Her right hand traditionally make the gesture of supreme generosity, the gesture that accompanies singing (top hand), and the third one holds raining jewels. She has one face with three eyes. Her low 5-prong crown is attached with upward flowing ribbons and decorated with stones (turquoise and lapis lazuli), like her jewellery and belt.  Her long dhoti is richly incised with a floral pattern arranged in bands with a beaded rim.

16th-17th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy.

16th-17th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, private collection.

In India and Tibet the goddess is often depicted with  two hands, one of them holding a sheaf of grain. The above statue shows her with one in each hand,  a long-stem lotus attached to her left elbow, her celestial scarf describing an arch behind her head.

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